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TPWD News Release — July 17, 2006

Reward Offered in McLennan County Elk Dumping Case

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Game Wardens were asked by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office July 12, 2006, to assist in the investigation of the illegal dumping of nine elk carcasses in a field just off County Road 2311 near Tours in the northeast portion of the county.

A witness has provided a partial description of a vehicle and trailer seen at the location on Tuesday.

The eight cow elk and one young bull elk had no bullet wounds or other discernable injuries. Blood and tissue samples were collected at the scene by a veterinarian representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). Test results have not been received.

Beyond the illegal dumping of the carcasses, of major concern is the illegal transport of the animals and the potential for introduction of disease, including Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Texas.

CWD has not thus far been detected in Texas.

The TAHC imposes strict entry requirements for livestock and exotic hoofed stock entering the state. Since January 2006 TAHC regulations require radio frequency identification (RFID) and movement documentation on elk moved within the borders of Texas.

Additionally, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regulations prohibit the transportation of white-tailed and mule deer into Texas.

Anyone with information about this case, or on the illegal movement of any elk or deer within Texas, is requested to report it via the Operation Game Thief REWARD HOTLINE - 800 792-GAME.

Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 upon conviction of the violator.

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