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Deer Check-In Bovine Tuberculosis Zone
Updated November 3, 2016 7:34 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(UNDATED) - The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife is reminding deer hunters about management and surveillance zones in three east central Indiana counties in response to the recent finding of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a wild white-tailed deer at a Franklin County cattle farm.

The plan designates a Bovine Tuberculosis Management Zone for the area south of State Road 44 in Fayette County and all of Franklin County. The area north of State Road 48 in Dearborn County will be a Surveillance Zone.

In the Surveillance Zone, the DNR's goal is to collect samples from between 350 and 1,100 deer, depending on the sex and age of the animal. The emphasis will be on bucks that are 2-years-old or older. To meet this objective, the Surveillance Area will consist of periods of mandatory and voluntary check-in at biological check stations.

Mandatory check-in of hunter-harvested deer is required at biological check stations from Nov. 4 through Nov. 27. Hunters must check their deer online within 12 hours of harvest to obtain a registration number, then bring the deer to the biological check station within the same 12-hour period after harvest.

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