What precautions should hunters take? Since it’s not always apparent that a deer may be carrying a disease, hunters should take simple precautions such as wearing latex gloves when eld-dressing carcasses, and washing hands and instruments thoroughly. Instruments should be disinfected with a chlorine bleach solution (3 parts water to 2 parts household bleach) and rinsed with water after eld-dressing or butchering is complete. Another precautionary recommendation is to avoid sawing through bones, and avoid the lymphatic and neurological tissue (i.e., lymph nodes, brain and spine). Also, see TPWD publication “Common Sense Precautions for Handling and Processing Deer” (PWD LF W7000-859) for more information about processing deer. Finally, when taking deer to a game processor, hunters may consider requesting their animals be processed individually, without meat from other animals being added to meat from your animal. Can I have deer venison tested ? Deer “venison” cannot be tested. However, appropriate tissue samples can be tested from a harvested deer. TPWD biologists will be collecting tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer throughout the state. Test results from TPWD’s check station sampling will be posted on the TPWD CWD website within several weeks of collection. In addition, your local veterinarian or people certi ed through TAHC Certi ed CWD Sample Collector Program can collect the samples for you. The head should be kept cool, not frozen, until the sample can be collected. What can hunters do? Hunters should report any suspected cases of CWD to TPWD or TAHC immediately. Proper disposal of carcasses is strongly recommended for big game harvested in any area identi ed as a CWD endemic zone in order to minimize the risk of spreading CWD via infected carcass parts to other areas of the state. Unused carcass parts, especially the brain or spinal tissue, need to be handled responsibly and could be disposed of at the site where the animal was harvested, in a land ll, or buried. Hunters also should support Texas surveillance e orts and should report any suspected importation violations. What should I do if I see a deer that shows symptoms of CWD? Accurately document the location of the animal (record GPS coordinates if possible), take photos if possible, and immediately contact the nearest TPWD Wildlife Division or Law Enforcement Division o ce. Or call TPWD headquarters in Austin toll-free at 800-792-1112 and enter 5 for wildlife and 1 for general wildlife information; or contact TAHC toll-free at 800-550-8242. Do not attempt to touch, disturb, kill or remove the animal. Early detection of CWD in an area is vital to containing the disease to prevent it spreading to other areas of FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020 LAMPASAS DISPATCH RECORD 47 Hunters should take Chronic Wasting Disease precautions FROM PAGE 14