Cervidae

Picture of bull elk with other elk in the background.Below is a summary of the requirements for domestic cervidae coming into the state of Idaho.
Following only the information on this page will not guarantee that you are in compliance with Idaho's import requirements.
Domestic cervidae is defined as "elk, fallow deer and reindeer that are owned by a person" in IDAPA 02.04.21, Rules Governing the Importation of Animals. Please peruse this rule for additional information on importation, and don't hesitate to call with any questions.


In addition to the requirements below, ISDA has a more detailed document outlining the import requirements for domestic Elk. Once you have all the proper paperwork assembled, complete a Domestic Cervidae Import Application and return to ISDA via email (miranda.juker@isda.idaho.gov) or fax (208-334-4062).

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Importation of Domestic Cervidae requires pre-approval by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and animals may only go to locations approved by the department.

   
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All domestic cervidae imported into Idaho need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, on which they are individually identified, and permit.

   
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All domestic cervidae 6 months of age and older that do not originate from a Brucellosis certified free herd or Brucellosis class free state for cervidae, need 2 negative Brucellosis tests within 30 days prior to entering Idaho.

   
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All domestic cervidae must meet testing requirements for Tuberculosis.

   
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All elk must be tested negative for red deer genetic factor (RDGF), or be registered with the North American Elk Breeders Association (NAEBA), Canadian Food Inspection service (CFIA), or a state which has an ISDA approved RDGF prevention program..

   
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All elk must originate from a herd enrolled in a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) monitoring program for at least sixty (60) months and which has been determined to have a certified CWD free herd status by the animal health official of the state of origin.