By Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
As of January 30, the previously existing ban on importation of cervids susceptible to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into the state of New York has been extended through August 1, 2023.
In 2018, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets proposed rulemaking to extend the ban on importation of cervids susceptible to CWD such as deer, elk and moose. At a hearing in late October, public comments ranged from supporting the rule as written to advocating for an extension on the ban for 10 years, to those that roundly rebuked the rule stating it would not be effective and deer farmers should be allowed to import animals if they have been examined by a veterinarian and determined to be CWD-free.
The rule will come up for review again in 2022.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.52%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.52%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.40%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.57%)