Tuesday, October 13th
Friday, October 16th
12 Noon - 1 PM
You can view the webinar from your home, office, anywhere
In July, Chronic Wasting Disease was detected in a white-tailed deer in Medina County, Texas. This disease, first discovered in 1967 in Colorado, affects the nervous systems of white-tailed and mule deer, elk, moose, and red deer. For the first time, the disease was seen in white-tails in Texas, creating significant concern among wildlife professionals, deer breeders, and hunting industry professionals. Although there is no evidence of transmissibility of the disease to humans or livestock, the seriousness of the disease for wild animals demanded a quick response.
While much effort has been spent on the part of various organizations to address the concerns and needs of landowners, we would like to reach out more specifically to the hunting public regarding education on this disease.
Although there is no indication yet that CWD has infected deer outside of the closed, high-fenced facilities in Medina and Lavaca counties, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission are working to assess the scale of the situation, including potential infection of wild white-tails. Hunters are the critical piece in the puzzle for monitoring and managing CWD: hunters can contribute tissue samples from harvested deer, and maintaining healthy deer densities, as Texas wildlife managers have done for years, is the best tool to prevent the spread of CWD.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Wildlife Association will be hosting a two-part information webinar for hunters to educate them about the disease, its history, symptoms, and transmission, as well as informing hunters how they can participate in monitoring efforts and reminding hunters of safe carcass handling practices.
These two webinars will take place on Tuesday, October 13th and Friday, October 16th, 2015. These FREE online webinars will be held during the lunch hour (noon - 1 p.m., CST) so that anyone interested may tune in during the work day. To sign up, on the day of the webinar, simply point your browser to https://texas-wildlife.webex.com and click to join the CWD program. (Please note: WebEx webinars are not supported on handheld devices such as iPads or iPhones.) At the end of each presentation, participants will be able to ask questions to the presenters to get further information.
If you cannot make the live webinar each part will be condensed and archived for viewing following the initial air date at the Texas Wildlife Association website: www.texas-wildlife.org.