CWD Outbreak in Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Officials Kill 249 ‘Zombie Deer’

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In a decisive move to combat the alarming spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Texas Parks and Wildlife officials took action at the RW Trophy Ranch in Terrell, Texas, culling 249 white-tailed deer. The operation, which unfolded after years of legal battles with ranch owner Robert Williams, marks a significant step in addressing what officials have termed the largest known outbreak of CWD in the state.

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CWD Outbreak

The depopulation effort, carried out with rifles and pistols, was necessitated by the threat posed by CWD, a fatal degenerative disease specific to deer. Despite the gravity of the situation, officials emphasized that such actions are always a last resort, undertaken with careful consideration and in adherence to established protocols for managing prion diseases in wildlife.