15A NCAC 10H .0304 CAPTIVE CERVID HERD CERTIFICATION program
(a) The Wildlife Resources Commission has established this Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program in order to prevent the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into North Carolina and reduce the potential for spread of CWD while allowing transportation of cervids from herds in which CWD has not been detected for at least five years, in accordance with the requirements in this Section. Only licensees with Certified Herds as defined in Paragraph (e) of this Rule may request to expand their pen size to accommodate additional cervids and transport cervids within North Carolina for purposes other than those specified in 15A NCAC10H .0301(f)(4). Licensees with Certified Herds may also import cervids from a herd in which CWD has not been detected for at least five years and has been managed using standards equivalent to, or more stringent than, the criteria specified in 15A NCAC 10H .0301 and 15A NCAC 10H .0302. The individual U.S. or Mexican state or territory, Canadian province or other country of origin must have CWD monitoring requirements that are at least as stringent as those described in this Section. The originating individual U.S. or Mexican state's or territory's, Canadian province's or other country's CWD monitoring program must be jointly reviewed by Wildlife Resources Commission and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services personnel before approval of any importation of cervids into North Carolina. There shall be no importation from individual U.S or Mexican states or territories, Canadian provinces or other countries in which CWD has been detected, either in a wild or captive herd.
(b) Enrollment qualifications. Only captive cervid herds held under a valid captivity license are eligible for enrollment in the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program. Licensees shall comply with all captivity license requirements outlined in this Section and the rules and laws regulating possession, transportation and importation of cervids in order to remain in the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program.
(c) Enrollment application. Each individual holding a current and valid Captivity License for cervids may apply to be enrolled in the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program. All applications shall be in writing on a form supplied by the Commission. The Commission shall deny an application if:
(1) the licensee has not complied with all the requirements under the captivity license statutes and all rules pertaining to the holding of cervids in captivity and the transportation or importation of cervids resulting in a failed inspection report for the licensee's most recent inspection; or a pending citation;
(2) the licensee has provided false information; or
(3) CWD has been confirmed in a cervid at the licensee's facility.
(d) Enrollment dates. The enrollment date is:
(1) the first date upon official inspection, documented by Wildlife Resources Commission and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services personnel, on which the licensee has complied with all captivity rules and statutes that pertain to cervids, including tagging, provided that the licensee has continued to comply with these regulations; or
(2) the date on which a waiver was issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director under the conditions set forth in 15A NCAC 10A .1101(a) that brought the licensee into compliance assuming that there were no other compliance actions pending, provided that the licensee has continued to comply with the captive cervid regulations.
This date may be retroactive but may extend back no earlier than the date Wildlife Resources Commission and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services personnel documented that the licensee came into compliance with all captivity rules and statutes related to holding cervids in captivity, including tagging of all cervids.
(e) Certified herd. When a herd is enrolled in the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program, it shall be placed in First Year status. If the herd continues to meet the requirements of the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program, each year on the anniversary of the enrollment date the herd status shall be upgraded by one year. One year from the date a herd is placed in Fifth Year status, the herd status shall be changed to Certified, and the herd shall remain in Certified status as long as it is enrolled in the Captive Cervid Herd Certification Program, provided its status is not lost or suspended without reinstatement as described in Paragraph (f).
(f) Herd status
(1) A Certified Herd or any herd enrolled in the program shall have its status suspended or reduced if:
(A) the licensee fails to comply with any of the ongoing requirements for captive cervid licenses as identified in 15A NCAC 10H .0301;
(B) the licensee violates any other North Carolina law or rule related to captive cervids;
(C) an animal in the herd exhibits clinical signs of CWD;
(D) an animal in the herd can be traced back to a herd with an animal exhibiting clinical signs of CWD; or
(E) the herd is quarantined by the State Veterinarian.
(2) A Certified Herd or any herd enrolled in the program shall lose its status if:
(A) an animal in the herd can be traced back to a herd in which CWD has been detected;
(B) CWD is detected in an animal in the herd; or
(C) the licensee loses his or her license.
The Wildlife Resources Commission shall review cases of suspended status upon request. A Certified Herd with suspended status may regain its status if the licensee corrects within 30 days the deficiency under which the status was suspended or, in the case of suspected CWD, the disease was not detected in the suspect animal.
(g) Inspection. If an inspection of the captive cervids is needed as a part of certification, including reinstating a suspended status, the licensee is responsible for assembling, handling and restraining the captive cervids and all costs incurred to present the animals for inspection.
History Note: Authority G.S. 106-549.97(b); 113-134; 113-272.5; 113-272.6; 113-274; 113-292;
Eff. May 1, 2010;
Temporary Amendment Eff. February 27, 2015;
Temporary Amendment Expired December 11, 2015.