Fish And Wildlife Commission Debates Deer Ban

MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Fish and Wildlife commissioners are considering how to protect the state’s deer population from a deadly, mad cow-like disease.

Meeting in Pensacola early Friday, the commissioners heard from experts about Chronic Wasting Disease.

Florida is one of only seven states where the disease has not been found.

State regulators want a ban that would prohibit owners of deer farms and hunting preserves from importing deer from other states.

Experts say the disease spreads quickly among herds and cannot be treated or prevented. Opponents of the ban say it could hurt business and create unnecessary bureaucracy.

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