Chronic Wasting Disease Program

Mark your calendar for this informative and educational event. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with the Ranchers and Landowners Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife will co-sponsor a Chronic Wasting Disease program Tuesday, October 13th at the Bandera United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 1103 Cedar Street in Bandera. Registration is at 5:30 with the program starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.

“Chronic Wasting Disease is a condition that affects the nervous system of deer, elk and moose,” said Dr. John Tomecek, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wildlife Specialist at San Angelo and one of the evening presenters. “It is similar to diseases such as scrapie in sheep and goats and bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE in cattle. There is no evidence chronic wasting disease can be transmitted to sheep, goats, cattle or humans.”

The disease was first detected in 1967 in a captive mule deer herd in Colorado. Since then, it has been detected in 22 US states and two Canadian provinces. The disease was detected in far west Texas in 2012, which was the first instance in the state until the Medina County confirmation earlier this summer.

Attendees will learn all about Chronic Wasting Disease from the history to clinical signs to prevention techniques. Whether you are a landowner, hunter or deer enthusiast this program is sure to spark conversation.

Speakers include Dr. John Tomecek, Assistant Professor and Wildlife Specialist from San Angelo and Mitch Lockwood, Big Game Program Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The program is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. To plan accordingly, please RSVP to the Bandera County Extension Office at 830-796-7755 by Friday, October 9th.



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