Oklahoma wildlife officials plan to increase scrutiny of deer disease

State wildlife officials say they will increase monitoring of chronic wasting disease in deer after a whitetail in the Texas Panhandle, less than three miles from the Oklahoma border, tested positive for a neurological disorder.  Photo by Amy Sancita/AP

State wildlife officials say they will increase monitoring for chronic wasting disease after a deer killed on roads in the Texas Panhandle near the Oklahoma border tested positive for the neurodegenerative disease.

The deer carcass was found along the Texas Highway about 2.5 miles south of the Oklahoma border and near the western Panhandle town of Felt, Oklahoma. CWD-positive deer were found in an area of ​​Texas with a history of CWD detection dating back 3 years.

Due to its proximity to Oklahoma, state wildlife officials treat the find as if CWD were within the state.

“This is close enough to activate our response plans,” said Micah Holmes, assistant chief of information and education for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We will treat this deer as if it were in Oklahoma and start a special observation area.”

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