SAN ANTONIO (WOAI / KABB) – Our worst fears have come true. Zombie Deer are real and come after us (well, somehow).
According to a recent Daily Mail message, a disease known as Chronic Waste Disorder (CWD) has been reported in 24 US states and two Canadian provinces. The disease attacks the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues of deer, elk and elk. Lastly, before the CWD kills the animal, they begin to lose weight quickly. In addition, their coordination becomes unbalanced and may become aggressive.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states on its website that despite the fact that CWD has not affected people, there are concerns that people who come in contact with infected animals are potentially at risk.
"To date, no cases of CWD infection have been reported, but animal studies have shown that CWD poses a risk to certain non-human primates, such as monkeys who eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come into contact with the brain or body fluids from infected reindeer or elk. These studies raise concern that there may also be a risk for humans.
CDC has published a red-dotted map with CWD reports in the US. Compared to northern countries, the disease in Texas does not seem to pose much danger. Nevertheless, the map reveals a small outbreak in the State of Hill, including Dallas, El Paso and Medina.
The CDC website also claims that although the CWD phenomenon is relatively small, there is nothing to be ignored.
"In the whole country, the common incidence of CWD in wild reindeer and poor is relatively low. However, at several locations where the disease is diagnosed, the infection rate exceeds 10 per cent (1 in 10) and localized infection rates of more than 25. The degree of infection among some captured deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79% (almost 4 out of 5) reported at at least one captive herd. "
Fortunately, the Park and Wildlife Division of Texas (TWPD) has already taken precautionary measures against CWD. The fact is that their website exclusively mentions the first outbreak of CWD in Texas, "was found in 2012 in the wild mulberry deer in Hueco Mountains Far West Texas." Since then, the TWPD website states that they have established regulations that ensure the smooth capture of deer, which may be susceptible to CWD.
"With the discovery of CWD at the rearing farm in South Central Texas, on 20 June 2016 the Commission for Parks and Wildlife (TPW) adopted comprehensive rules for the management of CWD. It developed in a collaborative process involving a significant stakeholder stake. The rules relate to the management of CWDs associated with licensing programs that permit intensive deer management.
The website also highlights how TWPD is committed to fighting CWD with its extensive plan.
"This management plan should be dynamic, and the management strategies outlined in this report are likely to change, as both epidemiology and the management of this disease over time are better understood. Specific response plans can be developed and included in this plan by local or regional discoveries. The three main objectives of this CWD management plan are:
1. Reduce the risk of CWD for wild and trapped red deer, deer mulch and other sensitive species in Texas.
2. Establish and maintain support for the prudent management of CWDs with hunters, landowners and other stakeholders.
3. Reducing the direct and indirect impacts of CWD on hunting, hunting-related economy, and conservation in Texas.
Click here to track capture reindeer with a CWD diagnosis. To learn more about how TWPD deals with CWD, visit their website.