State mandated killing of Texas breeder deer ongoing

Written by Conor Harrison, Lone Star Outdoor News.

The images flooding Facebook today have been tough to look at.

Piles upon piles of dead white-tailed deer with their heads chopped off.

The reason for the killing is state-mandated testing for Chronic Wasting Disease. No live testing has been approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Animal Health Commission, so the state has ordered deer at scientific breeding facilities across Texas to be killed, their heads removed and sent to a lab to see if they have CWD.

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Photo by John Scott Hueske

As gruesome as the images look, it is harder talking to people whose livelihoods are being affected by this slaughter.

For deer breeders, hunters, families that took care of the deer and children who raised them from fawns, it is a tough day.