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32.4.1312    MANAGEMENT OF ALTERNATIVE LIVESTOCK CERVID HERDS WITH AT LEAST ONE ANIMAL DIAGNOSED WITH CWD AND WITH LOW PROBABILITY OF CWD TRANSMISSION

(1) Disposition of cervid herds identified to have had a CWD affected animal, but with the low probability of CWD transmission within the herd is as follows:

(a) The licensee must comply with CWD surveillance of the herd as outlined in ARM 32.4.1302.

(b) The licensee shall present the entire herd for inspection and inventory within ten days of notification by the state veterinarian.

(c) The state veterinarian or his designee shall complete an epidemiological investigation of the herd.

(d) The state veterinarian shall identify high-risk animals within the herd.

(i) The entire herd shall be placed under quarantine and shall be restricted from movement from the premise for a period of 12 months from the date of death of the CWD affected cervid.

(ii) High-risk animals shall be restricted from contact with other animals in the herd.

(iii) After the 12-month quarantine period, high-risk animals shall be placed under a hold order for an additional period of 36 months.

(iv) The licensee may sacrifice all high-risk animals and submit tissue samples and/or specimens from each CWD test eligible animal in accordance to ARM 32.4.1302. If all high-risk animals are sacrificed and no CWD positive animal is identified, the restrictions placed on the remaining animals will be reviewed for release.

(e) The licensee shall meet with the state veterinarian and develop a herd plan within 30 days of the herd inventory and inspection date as required under (1)(b).

(f) The monitored herd status will be designated as "monitored, status pending" until the hold order is released.

History: 81-2-103, 87-4-422, MCA; IMP, 81-2-103, 87-4-422, MCA; NEW, 1999 MAR p. 652, Eff. 4/9/99; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 2974, Eff. 12/24/10.

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