BREAKING: Florida bans importation of captive deer

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Lee’s note: This just in from the The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

At Sept. 6 commission meeting in Pensacola, the FWC passed a rule that bans the importation of live captive deer into Florida from out-of-state deer farms.

Here’s the press release:

FWC passes rule prohibiting importation of deer

News Release

Friday, September 06, 2013

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its Pensacola commission meeting today, Sept. 6, passed a rule prohibiting the importation of live captive deer into Florida from out-of-state sources.

The rule was passed in an effort to reduce the chances of chronic wasting disease (CWD) being introduced into the state. Eighteen other states, including Georgia and Alabama, also prohibit the importation of live cervids (deer, elk and moose).

CWD is not known to affect people but is a contagious neurological disease affecting cervids. It is always fatal, and there is no known cure or vaccine. So far, the disease has been discovered in 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea.FWC logo

To implement the decision immediately, the FWC also issued an executive order prohibiting importation of cervids effective today, Sept. 6, 2013. The order includes limited exemptions for reindeer and zoos.

The Commission also directed the executive director to create a working group to include the industry to develop other measures to safeguard the state from CWD. If these other measures are determined to be sufficient to adequately reduce risk, the Commission gives the executive director authority to then allow importation.

Since the beginning of May, the FWC has received much public comment on this and answered questions and concerns. During this process, those who have deer farms and hunting preserves , hunters and  conservationists provided suggestions for additional prevention measures to consider. The Commission used this important feedback to guide its decision making.

For more information on chronic wasting disease, this rule and the CWD Alliance, go to MyFWC.com/CWD. To see the executive order, go to MyFWC.com/About and select “Inside FWC” then “Executive Director.”

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1 Comment

  1. Thats nice that they say they want to keep cwd out but yet they allow some of the very same deer farmers that want the doors shut to bring in over 400 whitetails in a 4 month period! This is all money and politics Thy same farmers that want it closed now have possible cwd deer on their farms and now they can raise the prices of the deer to the little farmer and screw them deeper. Yes..Thats the way to keep cwd out! What a joke!

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