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Reasons why the EINP elk are unsafe for importation

Reasons why the Federal Government, USDA, considers the EINP elk herd unsafe for importation into U.S.:

"CFIA could not certify that the herd of origin is tuberculosis negative"

"the elk did not meet requirements for continuous records of animal identification from time of birth until export."

Reasons why the State Government, TDA, considers the EINP elk herd unsafe for importation into TN:

"CFIA could not certify that the herd of origin is tuberculosis negative"

The EINP herd is not enrolled in an approved CWD monitoring program and has not properly monitored, identified and inventoried all of its herd animals over the past five years.

CWD has been diagnosed in wildlife about 100 miles from the herd and is possibly in the EINP herd and not yet diagnosed due to insufficient testing and poor record keeping.

Reasons why State Government, TWRA, considers the EINP elk herd unsafe for importation into TN:

CWD has been diagnosed in wildlife about 100 miles from the herd and is possibly in the EINP herd and not yet diagnosed. Any hunter who killed a deer or elk in this area and who brought the carcass to TN would be fined and the carcass would be confiscated and would need to be burned at a temperature of about 1800 degrees to destroy any infected prions.

It seems strange to any sensible person that TWRA would fine an individual for bringing a carcass from this area into TN and yet TWRA, TWF and TWRC all wanted to bring 250 to 300 live elk from this same area and release them in TN to roam where ever they please, over a large and unrestricted area, coming in contact with wildlife and livestock and putting them all at risk for several different diseases. Of coarse they stood to make millions and millions of dollars on the scheme if they had been able to circumvent the laws of this Country again and if they had been able to push their elk lottery scheme through the Legislative System but that does not excuse their reckless actions and willingness to sacrifice TN's wildlife and livestock just to increase their revenue.

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Reasons why the EINP elk are unsafe for importation

It's hard to believe that a state wildlife agency and a conservation group is still trying to circumvent the laws of this Country, both state and federal.

The TN Wildlife Federation (TWF) and TWRA are still making plans to import unsafe and illegal elk from Elk Island National Park (EINP) in Alberta Canada even after the Federal Government stepped in and stopped their illegal importation attempt just a few months ago.

Are these two groups so consume with making money that they no longer care about the welfare of TN's wildlife and livestock? Do they not understand that they will be putting TN's wildlife and livestock at risk for several different diseases, some that can even infect humans?

TWF has lost some of their financial Corporate supporters because of this risky and illegal scheme. TWRA lost over $100,000.00 on the last failed importation attempt. Both groups seem to have a major gambling problem and need help. The driving force behind these two groups is the elk lottery scheme were as they plan to start this lottery and sell elk hunts for $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 per elk. These are not my figures but instead is the TWRA estimate of what the scheme will generate.

I realize that this scheme could generate millions and millions of dollars for these groups but do we need to sacrifice our wild whitetail deer herd's health plus the health of TN's livestock and people just for these two groups to line their pockets?

What happened to the days when groups like this were truly concerned about the welfare of our state's wildlife and the resources of this state?

The leadership in both of these groups, TWF and TWRA, leaves a lot to be desired.

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