Or. Admin. R. 603-011-0382 - Importation of Wildlife and Cervids

This rule applies to all wildlife and cervid species whether raised in captivity or wild captured, excluding domesticated fur bearing animals as defined in ORS 596.020(2). In addition to the requirements of OAR 603-011-0255 relating to the importation of animals into Oregon, no person shall ship, move, or import any wildlife into this state without complying with the following:

(1) Coordinating rules with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W) Species prohibited under authority of ODF&W may not be imported. If a special exemption is granted and signed by the Director of ODF&W, Oregon Department of Agriculture may issue an import permit, if the animal(s) meet health requirements.
(2) Rabies.
(a) Except as noted in (b) below, mammals other than ungulates (hoofed animals) must originate from a licensed or otherwise officially recognized facility where the animals are all captive-bred and reared.
(b) Mammals captured from the wild may be imported only with specific permission from the State Veterinarian and must meet one of the following conditions:
(A) The individual animal must have been kept as a private pet by the importer for a minimum of one year as certified by veterinary records and/or a signed, notarized affidavit from the importer; or
(B) The importer must be a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Registered facility, or accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
(3) Brucellosis. Non-livestock ruminants, native or exotic (excluding South American camelids) over six months of age shall test negative for brucellosis no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon. When brucellosis infection is confirmed in a herd, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(4) Tuberculosis. Non-livestock ruminants, native or exotic (excluding South American camelids) over six months of age shall test negative for tuberculosis no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon. When tuberculosis infection is confirmed in a herd, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(5) Parasites. Ungulates shall be treated no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon with a parasiticide approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian.
(6) Importation of Cervids. Coordinating rules with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
(a) Cervids prohibited by ODF&W may not be imported. If a special exemption is granted and signed by the Director of ODF&W, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) may issue an import permit, if the animal(s) meet health requirements.
(b) Genetic testing of elk to be imported shall be carried out in accordance with ODF&W rules.
(7) Brucellosis
(a) Wild captured cervids over six months of age shall test negative for brucellosis no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon. When brucellosis is confirmed in a herd, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(b) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established qualifications for two brucellosis classifications of cervid herds. When brucellosis is confirmed in any privately owned herds, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(A) Privately owned cervids originating in a herd classified by USDA as a Certified Brucellosis-Free Cervid Herd are exempt from the brucellosis test.
(B) Privately owned cervids originating in a herd classified by USDA as a Brucellosis monitored Cervid Herd must test negative for brucellosis no more than 90 days prior to entry into Oregon.
(C) Privately owned cervids originating in any other herd shall test negative for brucellosis no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon.
(8) Tuberculosis.
(a) Wild captured cervids over six months of age shall test negative for tuberculosis no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon. When tuberculosis is confirmed in any herd, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(b) USDA has established qualifications for three tuberculosis classifications of cervid herds: Accredited herd; Qualified herd; monitored herd. When tuberculosis is confirmed in any privately owned herd, the entire herd shall be denied entry into Oregon.
(A) Privately owned cervids originating in a USDA Accredited cervid herd are exempt from the tuberculosis test.
(B) Privately owned cervids originating in a USDA Qualified cervid herd or a USDA Monitored cervid herd shall test negative for tuberculosis no more than 90 days prior to entry into Oregon.
(C) Privately owned cervids originating in any other herd shall test negative for tuberculosis twice, no less than 90 days apart. The second test must be conducted no more than 90 days prior to entry into Oregon. The animals must be isolated from all other members of the herd during the testing period.
(9) Parasites. All wild captured and privately owned cervids shall be treated no more than 30 days prior to entry into Oregon with a parasiticide approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian.
(10) Meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis)
(a) Except by special permit from the Director of ODF&W and special permission from the Oregon State Veterinarian, white-tailed deer are prohibited entry into Oregon.
(b) Except as provided in (c) below, importation or cervids that have ever been in meningeal worm enzootic areas is prohibited. All states and provinces east of the western boundaries of Manitoba, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas shall be considered meningeal worm enzootic areas.
(c) Importation of cervids from a meningeal worm enzootic area may be allowed, if they test negative or are treated by a method approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian.
(11) Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
(a) Importation of privately owned cervids from herds which are under quarantine or epidemiologic investigation for CWD is prohibited. Importation of wild cervids from any state where CWD exists in wild populations is prohibited.
(b) Importation of privately owned cervids from a premises or herd where CWD has been diagnosed within the past 60 months is prohibited.
(c) Any privately owned herd from which elk are imported into Oregon must have a CWD surveillance program approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian. Minimum requirements for a CWD surveillance program are:
(A) Complete records of animal movement and CWD testing results may be required for review by the Oregon State Veterinarian.
(B) The elk must have permanent identification of a type approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian and that allows for both individual animal and premises identification. Approved identification includes, but is not limited to, tamper proof ear tags approved by the North American Elk Breeders Association, tattoos, microchips, and steel identification ear tags.
(C) The minimum time requirements for being under surveillance shall be twelve months at time of enactment of this rule and shall be increased by six months annually to a minimum of sixty months after eight years.
(d) The following statement by the inspecting veterinarian shall be written on the required Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. "I certify that to the best of my knowledge the herd of origin of these cervids has had no known involvement with Chronic Wasting Disease."

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Or. Admin. R. 603-011-0382
AD 9-1977, f. & ef. 4-6-77; AD 3-1984, f. & ef. 1-20-84; AD 6-1985, f. & ef. 7-17-85; DOA 10-2000(Temp), f. 4-13-00, cert.ef. 4-14-00 thru 10-11-00; Administrative correction 11-17-00; DOA 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-01

Stat. Auth.: ORS 561 & ORS 596

Stats. Implemented: ORS 596.341 & ORS 596.020

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