Staff at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) haven’t gotten much sleep since March. The worst nightmare a wildlife agency in a deer-rich region like Texas with its 3.9 million wild whitetail deer and 85,000 captive breeder deer could possibly imagine now ranges the landscape: Chronic Wasting Disease.

Since late March, the department has found evidence of 30 cases of the disease, with no known cure, in six deer-breeding facilities in the state, raising fears that it could spread at game ranches and even among wild deer populations.


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