Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage Reacts to Chronic Wasting Disease in Captive Deer

Jul 02, 2015, 11:45 ET from Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage

AUSTIN, Texas, July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Statement in Reaction to Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer

"The discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer breeding facility in Medina County is devastating news for Texas wildlife, hunting, and our rural economies. The risks taken in allowing the concentration, widespread movement, and subsequent liberation of pen-raised breeder deer to commingle with wild deer, have left all Texans to bear the consequences. The outcomes can predictably result in a negative effect on our rural real estate values, hunter participation and public perception of hunting, in addition to the obvious effects on the health of Texas' deer herds.

"Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage commends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission for their swift response and commitment to the safety of both wild and captive cervids in our state. We encourage all stakeholders in this issue to stand with these agencies as they implement decisive actions to resolve this situation and prevent future spread of this deadly disease."

Jenny Sanders
Executive Director, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage

About Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage
Launched in 2014, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is a coalition of sportsmen and women who value the rich tradition of hunting in Texas. The coalition seeks to promote the values and tradition of sustainable, fair chase hunting to all Texans, while exposing practices that threaten the future of the sport. Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is led by Executive Director Jenny Sanders with members Ernest Angelo, Jr., Stephen J. "Tio" Kleberg, and Dr. Wallace Klussman. Hunt real. Hunt wild. Hunt Texas Proud. 

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