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TWRA elk importaion attempt / NO

TWRA elk importaion attempt / NO

As of this morning, it had not been officially announced to the public yet but there will be no elk from Elk Island imported into TN at this time because as I have been saying, that herd does not meet the USDA protocol.

I realize that this will disappoint some hunters but it is the best decision for our wildlife, livestock and all concerned. TWRA will be allowed to import elk that meets safe health regulations but no more unsafe elk will be allowed into TN by TWRA. The Elk Island herd has not been proven safe so TWRA will have to look elsewhere for their elk.

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TWRA elk importaion attempt / NO

Butler, SCN and Biggameguy,

Would you like to give the viewers at tndeer a report on this situation?

I am interested in seeing what kind of spin TWRA and TWF tries to put on this development.

TWRA and Butler have been saying for years that the Elk Island herd was the safest, most tested animals anywhere so now that this statement has been proven to be NOT TRUE, what do you have to say?

The Elk Island herd does not even meet the requirements to move within Canada from one Province to another let alone to the U.S. where they do not meet the USDA requirements or any state requirements. These animals do not meet the requirements to be imported into any of the 50 States and yet TWRA tried to muscle their way through the rules and regulations for their get rich quick scheme developed by the RMEF and TWRA.

This situation has proven again that the system is fatally flawed. As long as the TWRA answers only to the TWRC, you will continue to see these type of problems. All of the TWRC was made aware of these unsafe elk and yet they allowed this project to proceed. The time has come to do away with the TWRC and place TWRA under another authority, an authority with the backbone to stand up to TWRA and just say NO. No longer should the Governor be allowed to pick his friends and political career supporters to sit on a board (TWRC) and ignore the many problems within TWRA.

It is not only time for a change in who TWRA answers to but it is also time for the top management in TWRA to be replaced as they have proven that their reckless actions are just to risky when it comes to the health and safety of TN's wildlife, livestock and all of the people of this great state.

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TWRA elk importaion attempt / NO

USDA rejects TWRA's unsafe elk shipment

NO ELK!

John R. Clifford, Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services stated that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has carefully evaluated Tennessee’s request
to import a herd of elk from Canada’s Elk Island.

The situation was complex and required careful scrutiny by USDA staff, as well as discussions with animal health officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

USDA regulations state that certain criteria must be met before animals can be imported, and by mutual agreement with the CFIA, the U.S.

Department of Agriculture has requirements for the importation of cervids from Canada. In this case, CFIA could not certify that the herd
of origin is tuberculosis negative, according to the provisions of the CFIA captive ungulate program. In addition, the elk did not meet
requirements for continuous records of animal identification from time of birth until export. Therefore, at this time, APHIS cannot approve
the importation of these animals.

APHIS has the responsibility to protect the health of our Nation’s agriculture and natural resources. We appreciate your understanding
as we examined this situation.

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