TAHC Proposes Ending Bucellosis Testing for Captive Exotic Cervids

TAHC will accept public comments on the proposed changes until February 4, 2019. ( TAHC )

During its December meeting, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) proposed amendments to the state’s entry requirements for captive deer and other cervids imported into Texas. Currently, the Commission has had a requirement that exotic cervidae entering Texas be brucellosis tested.

In its proposal, the TAHC notes that the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) recently issued a Resolution that urges that states remove brucellosis test requirement for exotic cervids moving in interstate commerce. Animal-health officials believe the requirements are not needed since brucellosis in the United States is confined to the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) in the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Texas will continue to require testing for farmed cervids that have resided within that designated surveillance area. The testing requirement also would continue for imported exotic cervids coming from free-range environments in any state.

TAHC will accept public comments on the proposed changes until February 4, 2019. Comments on the proposed chapters must be submitted in writing to Amanda Bernhard, Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas 78758, by fax at (512) 719-0719 or by email to comments@tahc.texas.gov.

Read the complete details of the rule proposals on the TAHC website.

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