Legislative Auditor's Office Cites Several Failures Regarding Deer and Elk Farmers

April 20, 2018 08:34 PM

Last Fall, KSTP was first to report the Legislative Auditor's Office was looking into the Board of Animal Health, its relationship with the DNR, and the impact on chronic wasting disease in the state's deer population, both on farms and in the wild. 

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On Friday, the Legislative Auditor's Office released its findings and recommendations, citing several failures regarding deer and elk farmers. 

"In fact, we found that in recent years about one-third of producers did not provide required tissue samples for deceased animals," Deputy Legislative Auditor Judy Randall said. "This is concerning because these samples are critical for identifying and then subsequently controlling chronic wasting disease in our state."

Another area of concern is how the tracking of the number of animals in a herd are conducted currently. 

The audit shows deer and elk producers are typically providing estimates rather than exact counts. 

The auditors office made recommendations that include standardized expectations for producers so they're all counting their heads in the same way, penalties for producers who don't submit those tissue samples, and expanding the board to include at least one member of the general public. 

For more information on the full report on the Board of Animal Health's Oversight of Deer and Elk Farms, click here


Kevin Doran and Tommy Wiita

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