The second of two public hearings on proposed changes to rules on captive deer will be held Tuesday in Raleigh.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission headquarters building at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
The first meeting was held Tuesday in Statesville.
A new state law requires the commission to revise the captive cervid program. The proposed changes would allow transportation of cervids, which include deer and elk, between the 37 captive deer facilities in the state and allow licenses to be issued for new facilities. Importing deer from other states is prohibited until at least 2017.
Some conservation organizations, including the N.C. Wildlife Federation and its Camo Coalition, along with the Quality Deer Management Association, oppose the proposal because of the possibility of imported deer bringing chronic wasting disease, which could hit the state’s 1.3 million wild deer and the economy built around more than 300,000 licensed hunters.
Called CWD, the fatal disease has been found in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Midwest. CWD, which does not affect humans, has not been detected in North Carolina deer.
Comment is due Oct. 16. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the commission at 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701. Learn more at http://ow.ly/CqaZm.
Iowa has 145 deer farms in a voluntary CWD program. The depopulated farm had stopped selling live animals and left the program. Learn more at www.iowaagriculture.gov.