FWC bans importation of deer

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its Pensacola commission meeting on 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.

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

For more information on CWD and the new rule go to MyFWC.com/CWD.

 To , go to MyFWC.com/About and select ìInside FWCî then ìExecutive Director.î