as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 09:38am
A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; modifying provisions pertaining to the escape of farmed
Cervidae; modifying identification requirements for farmed Cervidae; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155, subdivisions 1, 6.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) An owner may not allow farmed
Cervidae to run at large. The owner must make all reasonable efforts to return escaped
farmed Cervidae to their enclosures as soon as possible. The owner must new text beginnew text endnotify
the commissioner of natural resources of the escape of farmed Cervidae deleted text beginif the farmed
Cervidae are not returned or captured by the owner within 24 hours of their escapedeleted text end.
(b) An owner is liable for expenses of another person in capturing, caring for, and
returning farmed Cervidae that have left their enclosures if the person capturing the farmed
Cervidae contacts the owner as soon as possible.
(c) deleted text beginIf an owner is unwilling or unable to capture escaped farmed Cervidae,deleted text end The
commissioner of natural resources may destroy deleted text beginthedeleted text end escaped farmed Cervidae. deleted text beginThe
commissioner of natural resources must allow the owner to attempt to capture the escaped
farmed Cervidae prior to destroying the farmed Cervidae. Farmed Cervidae that are not
captured by 24 hours after escape may be destroyed.
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Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
(a) Farmed Cervidae must be identified by means approved by
the Board of Animal Health. The identification must include a distinct number that has not
been used during the previous three years and new text beginnew text endmust be
visible to the naked eye during daylight under normal conditions at a distance of 50 yards.
White-tailed deer must be identified before October 31 of the year in which the animal is
born, at the time of weaning, or before movement from the premises, whichever occurs
first. Elk and other cervids must be identified by December 31 of the year in which the
animal is born or before movement from the premises, whichever occurs first. As coordinated
by the board, the commissioner of natural resources may destroy any animal that is not
identified as required under this subdivision.
(b) The Board of Animal Health shall register farmed Cervidae. The owner must submit
the registration request on forms provided by the board. The forms must include sales
receipts or other documentation of the origin of the Cervidae. The board must provide copies
of the registration information to the commissioner of natural resources upon request. The
owner must keep written records of the acquisition and disposition of registered farmed