TPWD, TAHC allow movement qualified deer breeders to resume operations

Written by Texas Deer AssociationTexas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission have made the decision to reinstate “Movement Qualified” status for eligible herds that have achieved “Certified Status” as a TAHC CWD-monitored herd.

In response to the recent discovery of a CWD-positive deer in a Medina County deer breeding facility, both agencies felt it was necessary to place a temporary moratorium on movement of all breeder deer in Texas until a proper risk assessment could be conducted. The risk assessment and epidemiological investigation are ongoing, but both agencies agree that the standards associated with achieving a Certified Status with TAHC appropriately mitigate the risk associated with this event. TPWD and TAHC are diligently working on standards and protocol for potential relaxation of current movement restrictions for additional deer breeding facilities.

TPWD Deer Breeder Program staff began reinstating Movement Qualified status for TAHC Certified herds yesterday afternoon (7/22/2015). Permittees who are eligible to have Movement Qualified status reinstated should be able to verify this change within TWIMS by 7/23/2015. If you have questions regarding the TAHC CWD Herd Status Program, contact your TAHC regional office.

For information on the CWD Herd Certification Program, visit tahc.state.tx.us/news/brochures/USDABrochure_CWD.pdf

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