Due to concerns over the possible spread of chronic wasting disease among captive-born white-tailed deer and elk, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission passed new regulations at their May meeting requiring owners of captive born deer and elk to file registration papers with the Commission by Dec. 30 for animals in their possession prior to June 30.
According to Blake Sasse, the AGFC's nongame mammal program coordinator, the registration process will provide the AGFC with information on the location of captive herds that may be used in tracking potentially infected animals and controlling any outbreaks of chronic wasting disease, should it ever be confirmed in Arkansas. "The sale of deer, elk or other cervids to individuals that do not already possess a commission wildlife breeder/dealer or commercial wildlife hunting resort permit was also prohibited in order to stop the spread of captive herds throughout the state," Sasse said.
Owners of deer that were born in the wild in the state and are kept as personal pets are not required to register with the Commission, Sasse explained. "However, new regulations require that male and female game animals kept as personal pets must either be kept separated from each other or that the males must be neutered so as to prevent the number of pets from increasing beyond that allowed by regulation," he said. Captive born and wild deer must be kept in separate pens.
Registration forms and additional information on captive cervid regulations can be found on the AGFC Web site; http://www.agfc.com/rules_regs/hunting_r...