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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Wildlife Disease Information Home

1)  Free ranging wildlife

Veterinary Services aims to reduce the risks of disease transmission from free ranging wildlife to animal agriculture.  The translation of this policy into programs and actions depends on: current science, risks of transmission, potential economic consequences and support from industry and the relevant agricultural and wildlife agencies.

2)  Cooperation with other Federal and State entities

VS' efforts to control transmission of disease from free ranging wildlife to animal agriculture are carried out on a cooperative basis with the respective wildlife agencies.  Such cooperation allows VS to contribute to overall wildlife and public health while focusing on its program goals.

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3)  Exotic species - the entry of nonnative species

VS aims to reduce the disease risks posed to animal agriculture by the intended or unintended entry of exotic species into the United States.  These same exotic species may also pose risks to wildlife and public health.

4) Interstate transfer of wild caught cervids:

According to 9 CFR 77.20 any wild caught cervid is considered a captive cervid while in a captive situation and is treated according to the Federal regulations pertaining to captive cervids as required in CFR-9 Part 77 and the 1999 TB UM&R.  Interstate movement of these animals requires specific testing requirements and permissions to occur.  Click on the below link to read what regulations must be met to transport these wild caught cervids interstate.

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