In response to a bill passed during the 83rd Legislature, Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) monitoring efforts are expanding to include mule deer and elk in Texas. The legislation required the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to conduct a study regarding the current risk level for TB in parts of El Paso and Hudspeth counties, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Through the study, susceptible animals—cattle, goats, sheep, swine, exotic hoof-stock, captive deer and free ranging deer—in these counties will be tested for TB. Tissue samples collected as part of the ongoing monitoring of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will be used for this study.
A public meeting to discuss the expanded surveillance with landowners and other interested parties is set for 7 p.m. (Mountain Time) Dec. 19 at the courthouse in Sierra Blanca.
All mule deer and elk harvested within the CWD Containment Zone, which includes portions of Hudspeth, Culberson and El Paso counties, are required to be submitted for testing at mandatory hunter check stations within 24 hours of harvest.