According to a report, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of a case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Cherokee County, marking the first detection in a deer breeding facility in the county.

A four-year-old buck tested positive using postmortem testing conducted to meet annual CWD surveillance requirements for the facility.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory initially analyzed the samples, and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa confirmed the CWD detection.

CWD has an incubation period that can span years, so the first indication of the disease in a herd is often found through surveillance testing rather than observed clinical signs. Early detection and proactive monitoring improve the state’s response time to the detection of CWD and can greatly reduce the risk of further disease spread.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease found in deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family. This slow, progressive disease may not produce visible signs in susceptible species for several years after infection. As the disease process continues, animals with CWD may show changes in behavior and appearance.

Clinical signs may include progressive weight loss, stumbling or tremors with a lack of coordination, loss of appetite, teeth grinding, abnormal head posture and/or drooping ears, and excessive thirst, salivation or urination.

Any person interested in having their harvest tested for CWD should contact a local biologist, found on the TPWD website.

In Texas, the disease was first discovered in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer along a remote area of the Hueco Mountains near the Texas-New Mexico border. CWD has since been detected in Texas captive and free-ranging animals, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer and elk.

For more information on previous detections in Texas and CWD best management practices for hunters and landowners, visit TPWD's CWD page or the TAHC's CWD page.

Mesa Vista Ranch, Massive Estate of Texas Billionaire T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch encompasses around 100 square miles of picturesque ranch land along the Canadian River in the northeastern Texas Panhandle.

This property includes multiple homes, several golf holes, a chapel, a runway and hangar, bird dogs, and much more. The property was recently put up for sale with an asking price of $170,000,000.

It recently sold, but no details have been offered on the actual buying price.

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