Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have added Texas to the Carcass Importation Restriction list due to Chronic Wasting Disease being detected in mule deer earlier this year.
The decision was approved during the Commission’s monthly meeting last week. Any cervid (deer, elk, moose, red deer, etc.) carcass originating from Texas may not enter Arkansas unless certain disease prevention measures are taken.
These measures include clean skulls or skull plates, and meat must be deboned. Texas recently discovered two mule deer that tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Eighteen states and Canadian provinces currently are on Arkansas’s importation restriction list.
Similar restrictions exist in other states about importing cervids from Texas and other states with deer or other cervids known to have or have had CWD.
For information about CWD, visit the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance.
The commissioners also agreed to budget increase of $39,220 for Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area. The money comes from the auction of several buildings, antique farm tools and implements that were part of the property when it was purchased in 2009.