Follow Live: Hearing on Chronic Wasting Disease in deer at TPWD

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Dr. Scott Bugai breeds white tail deer on his ranch in Seguin, Texas for hunting. Lawmakers will tangle over the issue of deer breeding this session, as The Texas Deer Association, which represents the breeders, is again pitted against the Texas Wildlife Association, which has a membership opposed to breeding. A buck with a dropped tine in his antlers is seen in one of the pens on Bugai's property Thursday, March 12, 2015. Bugai hopes that offspring of the buck will have similar racks.

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KELLY WEST / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Dr. Scott Bugai breeds white tail deer on his ranch in Seguin, Texas for hunting. Lawmakers will tangle over the issue of deer breeding this session, as The Texas Deer Association, which represents the breeders, is again pitted against the Texas Wildlife Association, which has a membership opposed to breeding. A buck with a dropped tine in his antlers is seen in one of the pens on Bugai’s property Thursday, March 12, 2015. Bugai hopes that offspring of the buck will have similar racks.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering slaughtering about 130 captive white-tailed deer over concerns that an unknown number of the animals are infected with a contagious, deadly disease called chronic wasting disease, which affects deer and elk.

Officials and several ranch owners are concerned that the rare disease might spread among the nearly 4 million white-tailed deer in the wild in Texas — and hurt the state’s multimillion-dollar hunting industry.

Follow our live coverage of the hearing with the TPWD:

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