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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Indiana State Board of Animal Health

BOAH > Species Information > Cervids (Deer, Elk) > Criteria For Cervid Imports Criteria For Cervid Imports


Import Restrictions on Cervid Live Animals, Embryos, and Semen.

Limit import restrictions to cervid species that are known to be susceptible to CWD:

  • Elk, Wapiti, and Red Deer.
  • Sika Deer, Japanese Deer, and related species.
  • Mule Deer
  • Whitetail Deer.
  • Any species that is diagnosed with CWD.

Live animals and embryos may be imported if the following conditions are met:

  1. The state of origin meets the following requirements:
    1. Animal health officials have the authority to quarantine for CWD;
    2. State law requires CWD positives be reported to animal health officials;
    3. State of origin is engaged in surveillance for CWD in captive and free-ranging cervid populations; and
    4. CWD has not been diagnosed in any cervid within the last 5 years.
  2. The herd of origin meets the following requirements:
    1. Enrolled in an official CWD monitoring program for at least 5 years.
    2. No animal in the herd, from the herd, or traced to the herd has been diagnosed as CWD positive within the last 5 years.

Live animals may ship directly to slaughter in Indiana under the following conditions:

  1. A pre-entry permit is obtained from the state veterinarian.
  2. All animals are identified.
  3. A certificate of veterinary inspection is obtained for the animals, moves with the animals, and is presented at the slaughter plant.
  4. Animals are moved directly to a slaughtering establishment licensed by the BOAH or the USDA without stopping and unloading elsewhere in the state.
  5. The state veterinarian is given an opportunity to collect a sample from each animal for disease (CWD) testing.
  6. Offal from the animals is disposed of by a licensed rendering service or at a licensed landfill.

Semen may be imported if the following conditions are met:

  1. Semen donor is not a CWD-positive, CWD-suspect, or CWD-exposed animal.
  2. The semen donor has not been kept on a premise where a CWD-positive animal has been kept within the last 60 months.
  3. The semen donor is not an offspring of a CWD-positive animal.