Chronic wasting disease (CWD) potentially affects all deer or cervid species, and new rules from the Texas Animal Health Commission aim to reduce the risk of non-native cervids spreading the disease.
The new rule adds surveillance, movement reporting, identification and mortality record-keeping requirements for exotic CWD-susceptible species. In Texas, non-native cervids include foreign species such as red deer (Cervus elaphus) and Sika deer (Cervus Nippon), along with North American species introduced to the state such as North American elk or wapiti (Cervus Canadensis) and moose (Alces alces). White-tailed deer and mule deer, which are native to Texas, are not covered by the new regulations. The non-native species considered CWD-susceptible have had officially confirmed CWD diagnoses.
The adopted movement reporting and identification rule requires owners to keep herd
records, estimated annual inventory and mortality records if they move or sell exotic CWD susceptible species located within a high fence premises, according to the TAHC. Owners of live exotic CWD susceptible species being moved or transported within the state must obtain a Premises Identification Number (PIN).
Reportable mortalities for exotic CWD susceptible species include those harvested by hunters and natural mortalities that occur on a premises.
The new rule also includes requirements for record keeping, testing and reporting, along with specific requirements for people engaged in buying or selling exotic CWD-susceptible species
Forms available online from TAHC include:
For more CWD resources and forms, visit this TAHC site.