STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES NEW REGULATIONS FOR DEER IMPOUNDS
"MONTGOMERY, Ala. - " The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has implemented new regulations for confined deer and elk as well as other cervid herds.
In a special called meeting of the Alabama Department of Agriculture Board on Thursday, members of the board voted unanimously to make the new regulations effective immediately.
The regulations are designed to control diseases that could be spread by interstate travel and will establish procedures to collect a database of confined animals in the state. Confined cervid herds will be registered, monitored and tested. Wild deer also will be randomly tested.
"There could be as many as 120 fenced game impounds in the state that will be affected," said Steve Guy, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Wildlife Resources Division. "This is an important step in protecting our wildlife as well as domestic animals in the state. Some Western states already have been plagued by outbreaks of Cronic Wasting Disease and tuberculosis in deer and elk herds. We want to make sure that Alabama stays free of these diseases."