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Cervids include: deer, elk, moose and reindeer.
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) registers and inspects all Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) susceptible farmed (captive) cervid facilities, regardless of the type of operation -hobby, breeding or hunting. CWD-susceptible species include: white-tailed deer, elk, red deer, sika, Japanese deer, spotted deer, mule deer, wapiti, moose and hybrids of these species.
Owners of CWD-susceptible species must comply with the standards for either the registered herd program or the certification herd program.
The Registered Herd Program establishes minimum requirements for all known CWD-susceptible species. This program does not apply to herds in commercial trade because it does not meet interstate shipping requirements and herds do not gain CWD status.
Not required to collect CWD samples on dead cervids.
The Certification Herd Program is voluntary and provides a higher herd health rating than the "Registered Program" status.
The Certification Herd Program is required for herds with animals moving interstate and/or in commercial trade.
Must collect and submit CWD samples from all dead cervids older than 1 year of age.
Captive Cervidae Hunting Preserve Licensing Program
Click on the link above for the hunting preserve webpage.
Cervids are required to have two forms of ID:
Cervid owners are required to maintain a herd inventory that includes records on all cervids purchased, sold, born, harvested and died.
Records must include: name and addresses of buyers and sellers, date of birth, sex of all animals, all animal identifications, and date animal was harvested or found dead.
Cervids that are kept temporarily (transient animals) must also be documented. Transient animals include bottle-fed fawns, animals brought in for breeding, and any animal that is bought and sold that does not enter the owner's herd. A cervid producer buying and selling deer that do not commingle with the herd, are also required to keep the above records for deer movement.
Record Keeping for Transient Cervids
(Cervid owners do not have to use this form, it is provided as a sample.)
Click here for requirements to import cervids into Indiana.
All CWD-susceptible cervid species must obtain a pre-entry permit from the Indiana State Veterinarian that authorizes the movement.
The pre-entry permit application must be submitted to the State Veterinarian at least 5 business days before the projected movement date.
Import Requirements for Carcasses, Meat and Other Parts
Click here for entry requirements for cervid carcasses, meat and other parts hunted in another state.
Before moving animals to another state, always call the state-of-destination for that state's requirements. Click here for a list of other state animal health offices.
CWD is a neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in deer, elk, and moose. CWD attacks the brains of infected cervids and is always fatal.
Cervid owners may meet sampling requirements for CWD testing on dead cervids by completing the CWD sample submission form and shipping or delivering the head or carcass to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) in West Lafayette, IN or the Heeke ADDL (SIPAC) laboratory in Dubois County, IN.
BOAH veterinarians are available to teach cervid owners how to collect CWD samples. If you would like to be a certified collector, contact Dr. Shelly Chavis at: email@example.com or 260-450-2139.
Formalin Jars and Equipment for CWD Collection - Supplier list
NOTE: NVSL is no longer providing CWD kits with formalin jars. For a list of suppliers click on the link above.
TB is a contagious, chronic bacterial disease. The infection commonly involves the lungs, but it may spread to other organs. Animals often don't show signs until the infection has reached an advanced stage.
More information on cervid tuberculosis is available at: www.in.gov/boah/2396.htm
Brucellosis is a contagious disease of livestock and wildlife that has significant consequences for animal and public health and international trade.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)
EHD is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms in deer and is usually fatal.