Proposed Regulation Amendment
4VAC15-90-231. Game: Deer. Validating tags and checking deer by licensee or permittee.
The proposal is to add a new subsection regarding mandatory deer disease sampling.
Text of Regulation
- 4VAC15-90-231 (PDF)
Adding the new subsection regarding mandatory deer disease sampling will conform this regulation to the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management actions that have been in effect since April 2010 under the Director's authority per 4VAC-15-20-220. Boundaries of the area designated (i.e., Containment Area), locations where carcasses will be sampled, and dates when carcasses must be sampled were not specified in the regulation so that the Department can update these, as needed, and designate them annually via the hunting law digest, the agency website, and press releases. CWD management actions did not require regulation changes, and changes have not been sought so that management flexibility could be maintained during the first few years following CWD detection in Virginia. However, the absence of regulations related to specific management actions has hindered prosecution of some violations of requirements. Given that the agency's deer disease management approach is not likely to change in the near future, current management actions can now be established in regulation. If necessary, modifications to management actions can be made under Director's authority between regulation cycles.
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