The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department( TPWD) has implemented an emergency rule implementing a new surveillance zone in Kimble County in response to the deer breeding facility’s positive detection of Chronic Wasting Disease ( CWD ).
Areas where CWD is likely to be present are covered by security zones, which improves efforts to track and stop disease spread. Within 48 hours, all harvested elk, moose, or CWD-susceptible types in the area may be brought to a TPWD test place or drop box for testing. Within the monitoring area, there are limitations on the movement of carcasses.
In Segovia and at South Llano River State Park, TPWD may offer a staffed test place and drop boxes. For the staff’s presence times, please visit the Kimble County security zone website.
Certain cervids, such as deer, elk, and bear, as well as other members of the family, are affected by the deadly neurological condition known as CWD. In exposed species, this slow-moving disease might not manifest itself for several years after infection. Pets with CWD may exhibit changes in behavior and look as the fatal illness progresses. Progressive weight loss, uncoordinated stumbling or spasms, tooth grinding, abnormal head posture and / or drooping ears, excessive thirst, salivation, and urine are some clinical symptoms.
For a map of all CWD zones, assess stations, and good case tracking, go to the TPWD’s recently updated CDD page. The website also offers responses to frequently asked questions, videos with data from animals veterinarians, best management techniques for landowners and hunters, and the most recent information on the illness.