TPWD reports that from 2002 through 2010, a total of 33,900 breeder and wild cervids have been tested for CWD, but CWD has never been found in Texas in white-tailed deer.

In response to confirmation of CWD in Texas, TPWD officials have established primary and secondary emergency zones in an effort to stop the movement of mule deer out of the affected area. When hunting season opens later this fall, wildlife checkpoints will be established leading out of the zones to monitor and in some cases test animals being transported. Road kill deer will also be tested for CWD.

State officials say they will also approach the Texas House with a report and plan to determine if any additional funding is possible to support state wildlife response programs.

As CWD disease continues to spread across the Southwest, officials warn the road of control and monitoring will likely be a long and sometimes hard one. Breeders say they hope that road will head equally in all directions.