Missouri hunting group looks to change captive-deer hunting

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, June 05 2017 Jun 5, 2017 Monday, June 05, 2017 12:04:00 PM CDT June 05, 2017 in News
By: Finley Walker, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - An activist group called Missouri Hunters for Fair Chase is working on petitions that call for a statewide vote to change the Missouri captive-deer industry.

The petitions would prevent captive-deer organizations from importing big game like deer, elk and moose from other states or countries. It would also prevent transferring deer between facilities in Missouri.

The goal of the petition is to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, which is a growing problem in Missouri. Chronic wasting disease is a neurological infection in deer. There is no cure or vaccine, and while there have been no reports of transmission to humans, the disease could seriously impact deer populations.

Member of Missouri Hunters for Fair Chase Jim Low said the organization started the petitions shortly after the Missouri Department of Conservation ran into some regulation roadblocks.

"The conservation department a couple of years ago passed some regulations that were designed to regulate the transportation of deer and the disease testing of deer," Low said. "And before it could implement those, the captive-deer industry filed suit and got an injunction against the conservation department preventing them from enforcing those regulations."

Low said the petition would give full control of chronic wasting disease testing back to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The two petitions are identical, except one petition makes it mandatory to keep public records of any diseases in a captive-deer facility. As of now, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is in charge of testing for chronic wasting disease in captive-deer facilities.

"The legislature in the past few years has passed a law that allows those records not to be public records," Low said. "In other words the agriculture department doesn't have to tell anyone, including the conservation department, whether they have tested or where they've tested deer."

Low said there are currently five geographical focus areas in Missouri for chronic wasting disease.

Missouri Hunters for Fair Chase hopes the petition will be on the 2018 Missouri ballot. Captive-deer organizations would have a year before the regulations went into effect.

KOMU 8 News reached out to multiple Missouri deer captive facilities and the Missouri Department of Agriculture but they declined to respond.

 

More News

Grid
List
LAWRENCE (AP) — A 26-year-old Missouri woman who intentionally drove her car into the Kansas River with her two children... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:57:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A former sheriff's deputy and Missouri correctional officer who was sentenced to death for a double... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:47:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department is investigating the death of a 19-year-old student who was found unresponsive... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:27:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Callaway County Commission granted more than $10,000 to Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence in Callaway County... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:20:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Housing advocates said there is not enough money to fund housing vouchers if the government shutdown stretches into... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:51:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The government says several people are targets or subjects of a criminal investigation into a Missouri... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:36:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri has seen 17 inches of snow within the month of January. A large amount, not seen in... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:26:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight on Wednesday released the results of his investigation into the shooting death of... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:40:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Less than a week before the start of tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is bringing back thousands... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:28:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in News
O'FALLON (AP) — New court filings say a former Cub Scouts leader sexually abused at least seven children. The... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:47:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:50:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who served in the Navy during the... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:45:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Cold weather that moved in overnight has caused some wet roads to become icy, prompting a number of... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:52:00 AM CST January 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council passed a four percent increase in revenue from water fees. There were four... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:27:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Tuesday Boone Hospital trustees announced two future management options. The trustees announced the options are either a... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:14:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - An initiative is up for approval Tuesday night at city council that could save a life. "Share... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 7:02:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - For families displaced after an apartment complex fire, a warm meal puts the comfort in comfort food.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:34:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - A woman displaced by a massive fire in Holts Summit Monday said it was "horrific and real."... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:16:00 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 23°
7pm 24°
8pm 23°
9pm 22°
10pm 21°