HARTLEY COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - The first case of a disease fatal to deer has been confirmed in the Panhandle.
A free-ranging mule deer in Hartley County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
The neurological disease does not affect humans, but it can be detrimental to the deer population if it spreads because there is no cure.
A cervid may carry the disease for years without outward indication. In the latter stages, signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns and a lack of responsiveness.
While there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans or non-cervids, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend not to consume meat from infected animals as a precaution.
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said they are trying to figure out a management response plan to stop the spread of the disease in Hartley County.