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Agency & Contacts
On March 1, 2010 the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) assumed the role of regulating all cervid herds (elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer) that are enrolled in the State's CWD monitoring program. Elk are considered "livestock" and therefore solely under the jurisdiction of MDA. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) currently permits captive cervid facilities, and completes regular fence and herd inventory inspections. As of May 2014, there are two bills in the State Legislature seeking to reclassify captive cervids as livestock, transferring all authority to MDA. Contact Person for MDA is Dr. Linda Hickam, State Veterinarian,, (573) 751-3377. Contact Person for MDC is Dr. Kelly Straka, State Wildlife Veterinarian, (573) 815-7901 ext. 3617
Standard Regulations
See CWD Regulations for requirements as of May 2014.
CWD Regulations for Captive Cervids and Wildlife
1.) Captive cervids will not be allowed to enter the state if within the last five years the animal: (A) is from an area that has been reported as a CWD endemic area; (B) has been in a CWD endemic area; (C) originates from a CWD positive herd.; 2.) All elk, elk-hybrids, red deer, sika deer, white-tailed deer, and mule deer entering Missouri from any state must have participated in a surveillance program for five consecutive years before the above mentioned animals will be allowed to enter Missouri from any state. ; 3.) Other captive cervids other than elk, elk-hybrids, red deer, sika deer, white-tailed deer and mule deer must have participated in a surveillance program recognized by the state of origin prior to entering Missouri. ; 4.) Animals must meet all state and federal chronic wasting disease testing requirements. As of March 1, 2010 all CWD related regulations have been completely removed from the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has assumed the role of regulating and enforcing all CWD related regulations. The Wildlife Code of Missouri specifically states: "Animal health standards and movement activities shall comply with all state and federal regulations. (Refer to Missouri Department of Agriculture for applicable Chronic Wasting Disease rules and regulations.)"
New CWD Regulations in Development
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has proposed regulation changes that would prohibit the importation of captive white-tailed deer, mule deer and thier hybrids into the state of Missouri. Additional proposed changes include new fencing standards, abolishment of temporary exhibits and live deer auction facilities, mandatory CWD testing for all mortalities over 6 months of age, and a 15-year record retention. Those regulation changes will be considered by the Conservation Commission (the lawmaking body for MDC) in June 2014.
CWD Testing Program For Captive Cervids
Voluntary monitoring program requires mandatory testing of all mortalities over 12 months of age in breeding facilities. Producers have voluntarily agreed to test all imported animals over 12 months of age harvested from hunting preserves.
CWD Testing Program For Wildlife
A CWD Surveillance and Management Plan drafted by MDC in 2012 outlined a three year surveillance plan. Active statewide surveillance focuses on hunter-harvested male deer collected at taxidermists and meat processors throughout the state, with one-half of the state sampled every year. Sick animals are collected statewide, and elk mortalities from MDC's Elk Reintroduction Project are tested when possible. In the six-county Containment Zone where CWD has been confirmed in captive and free-ranging deer, sampling is intensified with MDC-staffed voluntary collection sites during the fall hunting season and opportunistic sampling of road killed and sick deer. Additionally, MDC works closely with landowners in a 30-section "Core Area" within the Containment Zone to decrease deer densities through targeted culling. This management strategy will be reassessed in March 2015. Over 40,000 deer have been tested in Missouri since 2001.
Baiting Banned
Hunting deer, turkey and waterfowl over bait has been prohibited for many years in Missouri.
Feeding Banned
Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumable natural or manufactured products used to attract deer are prohibited in six-county CWD Containment Zone.
Ban On Movement of Animal Parts
As of March 1, 2010 the following verbiage has been added to the Wildlife Code of Missouri "Wildlife legally taken and exported from another state or country may also be shipped into Missouri by common carrier, except cervid carcasses or cervid carcass parts. The importation, transportation, or possession of cervid carcasses or cervid carcass parts taken from or obtained outside of Missouri is prohibited, except for meat that is cut and wrapped; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; hides or capes from which all excess tissue has been removed; antlers; antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue; upper canine teeth; and finished taxidermy products. Carcasses or parts of carcasses with the spinal column or head attached my be transported into the state only if they are reported to an agent of the department within twenty-four (24) hours of entering the state and then taken to a license meat processor or taxidermist within seventy-two (72) hours of entry. Licensed meat processors and taxidermists shall dispose of the discarded tissue in a properly permitted landfill.
CWD Found in Captive Cervids
Yes, as of May 2014, a total of eleven (11) deer from two (2) different captive facilities owned by the same individuals have tested positive for CWD. These animals were first detected in 2010. One of these facilities is a hunting preserve that remains in operation under new ownership in accordance with a herd plan developed by MDA/USDA/MDC.
CWD Found In Free Ranging Cervids
Yes, as of May 2014, a total of ten (10) deer have tested positive for CWD in the free-ranging population. All cases were within 2 miles of the Macon Co positive captive facility. MDC has tested more than 40,000 white-tailed deer statewide since 2001. There were no positive free-ranging deer detected in the 2013-2014 surveillance season.

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