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Indiana agencies plan Bovine TB informational meetings

From the  Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- The Indiana State Board of Animal Health and the Department of Natural Resources have scheduled three public meetings to address the current status of bovine tuberculosis in Indiana and discuss  actions the agencies plan for the upcoming deer hunting seasons.

The meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and scheduled Sept. 28, Laurel Middle School, Laurel (Franklin County);  Sept. 29, Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond (Wayne County); and Sept. 30, Corydon Middle School, Corydon (Harrison County).

State officials will provide updates on the presence of bovine TB in captive cervid (deer and elk) operations and discuss plans for testing of free-ranging white-tailed deer taken during the upcoming hunting seasons.

Bovine TB is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal.

The disease was identified at a captive cervid operation in Franklin County in May. The animals at that facility, mostly elk and non-native deer species, have been euthanized. The Animal Health  Board subsequently quarantined two additional facilities – one in Harrison County and one in Wayne County – for exposure to the disease because they had purchased cervids from the Franklin County site. Animals at the Wayne County site have been euthanized. Plans are in the works to depopulate the Harrison County site this fall.

DNR conservation officers culled 30 deer in the vicinity of the Franklin County site in August. Preliminary tests showed no significant findings of bovine TB in the samples. Results from more extensive tests are pending.

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