Chronic Wasting Disease

Ryan E. Poppe

This year, no Texas deer rancher has suffered more than Robert Patterson who owns the Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County. 

In June, a two-year old buck died from a broken neck at his ranch. Voluntary testing confirmed that it had Chronic Wasting Disease, an illness that prompts deer to stop eating.

Since then Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have euthanized 42 more of Patterson’s deer and found 3 positive for the disease. Patterson says that’s cost him almost a half-million dollars in livestock. 

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

--Texas deer breeders worry they’ll be forced to destroy their herds after chronic wasting disease was discovered at one Hill Country ranch.

--Texas open carry advocates say the new laws don’t go far enough – they want guns in hospitals.

-- Texas generates more wind energy than any other state, but there are concerns the state will lose that distinction. Some power generators want to eliminate mandates that require utilities to produce a certain portion of their power using renewable energy.

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