The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has mandatory testing requirements that apply statewide to harvested exotic chronic wasting disease- (CWD) susceptible species such as elk, red deer, sika, moose, and reindeer.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal, and degenerative neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).
CWD susceptible species include white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer, North American elk or wapiti, red deer, sika deer, moose and any associated subspecies and hybrids. All mule deer, white-tailed deer, and other native species are under the jurisdiction of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Exotic CWD susceptible species are non-native to Texas cervid species determined to be susceptible to CWD, which means a species that has had a diagnosis of CWD confirmed by an official test conducted at a laboratory approved by USDA/APHIS. This includes North American elk or wapiti, black tailed deer, red deer, reindeer, Sika deer, moose, and any associated subspecies and hybrids.
Regulations for the 2018-19 hunting season include statewide mandatory testing requirements of exotic CWD susceptible species such as elk, red deer, sika, moose, reindeer, and any associated subspecies and hybrids.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has mandatory CWD testing requirements for mule deer, white-tailed deer, red deer, and other CWD susceptible species within the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, and South-Central Texas CWD Containment and Surveillance Zones. See the TPWD website for details, regulations, check station information, and carcass movement restrictions.