Deer Hunting Tainted by Poison in Eastland County

runningdeer3From a conversation with Michael Hare at the Texas Department of Agriculture, I have found that some peanut growers who were leasing land south of Cisco did indeed put out corn mixed with a pesticide called Temik which contains Aldicarb.   The location of this exposure is south of I-20 on Hwy 206 at the intersection of FM 569 4 or 5 miles shy of the Callahan County line.   .

The peanut growers have not been cooperating with authorities and it is known that they have land leased in other places.  Authorities are in the process of trying to find out what lands they have leased and if they have used this method in those locations also.

Chances are very small that a human could be affected by eating the meat of an animal that has ingested a small amount of Aldicarb.    The poison is potent, fast acting, and metabolized quickly, so an animal who has eaten any of the poison would be killed quickly or could be staggering and look sick.    It is recommended that anyone hunting within a 4-5 mile radius of the intersection of FM 569 and Hwy 206 not eat the meat of any game killed.  Any deer or game that is stumbling or appears sick should also be avoided.

Archery season is open now and ends November 6.  Rifle season opens Saturday, November 7 and ends January 3.

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