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Cases of chronic wasting disease confirmed in two Panhandle counties

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Dallam and Hartley counties, as well as in a mule deer in Hartley County. (Courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Dallam and Hartley counties, as well as in a mule deer in Hartley County.

According to a TPWD press release, two CWD-infected white-tail deer and one mule deer were harvested by a hunter in the Texas Panhandle CWD Containment Zone. There have been previous confirmations of CWD-infected animals in both Dallam and Hartley counties in the past.

Hunters harvesting mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, red deer, or sika deer in the Panhandle CWD Containment and Surveillance Zones are required to bring their animals to a TPWD check station within 48 hours. The department also urges hunters who take a deer outside of a CWD containment or surveillance zone to still provide voluntary samples.

Hunters and landowners wanting to help provide samples can contact their local TPWD biologist or bring the animal to any of the department's check stations. Stations can be located by visiting www.tpwd.texas.gov or in TPWD's Outdoor Annual.

Hunters are also advised to report any "sick-looking" mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, red deer or sika deer while hunting in any CWD zone to TPWD. To report a "sick-looking" animal, contact a TPWD wildlife biologist or Texas game warden.

Additional information on CWD, including carcass movement restrictions and check station locations, can be found here.

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