Department of Agriculture - Chronic Wasting Disease - Identification requirements.


Published: 2018-11-19

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(A) Identification requirements of facilities that are not licensed as a hunting preserve:

(1) All captive whitetail deer, whether natural additions to the herd or moved into the herd, that are three hundred sixty-five days of age or older shall be identified by both of the following:

(a) Official individual identification. Each animal shall be officially identified by one of the following:

(i) Official united states department of agriculture approved silver, metal eartag which has an alpha numeric identification number;

(ii) Approved visual or electronic radio frequency identification device tags imprinted with the "840" animal identification number;

(iii) A microchip using either 125 kHz, 128 kHz, or 134.2 kHz frequencies which shall be placed at the base of the animal's right ear; or

(iv) Other official individual identification approved by the department.

(b) Unique visible identification. Each animal shall have a visible identification tag that is unique within its herd, which can be read from a reasonable distance.

(2) All captive cervids, regardless of age, that are moved onto facilities shall be identified in accordance with paragraphs (A)(1)(a) and (A)(1)(b) of this rule.

(3) Prior to being removed from the premise, official and unique identification must be applied to all captive cervids, regardless of age.

(B) Identification requirements of licensed hunting preserves:

(1) All captive cervids moved onto the facility must be officially identified. Official identification shall be constituted by one of the following:

(a) Official united states department of agriculture approved silver, metal eartag which has an alpha numeric identification number;

(b) Approved visual or electronic radio frequency identification device tags imprinted with the "840" animal identification number;

(c) A microchip using either 125 kHz, 128 kHz, or 134.2 kHz frequencies which shall be placed at the base of the animal's right ear; or

(d) Other official individual identification approved by the department.

(2) Prior to being removed from the premise, official identification must be applied to all captive cervids, regardless of age.

(C) It is unlawful to remove an official individual identification, except at slaughter, in accordance with 9 C.F.R. 71.22 (2012).