32.4.402 ELK-RED DEER HYBRIDIZATION TESTS
(1) All elk imported into Montana must be certified free from elk-red deer hybridization. No elk-red deer hybrid may be imported.
(2) An elk may be certified free from elk-red deer hybridization by one of the following methods:
(a) Provide an elk-red deer hybridization test result that shows no red deer markers and clearly identifies the animal; or
(b) Provide a North American Elk Breeder Association gold or silver level registration that clearly identifies the animal.
(3) The elk-red deer hybrid test procedures for all alternative livestock farm elk is as follows:
(a) Blood samples must be drawn and submitted by an alternative livestock veterinarian.
(b) The test must be conducted at a department approved laboratory and meet department standards. A copy of all test results must be provided to the department. The licensee shall provide a copy of any positive elk-red deer hybrid results to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
(c) Animal test results conducted prior to the adoption of these rules may be accepted if the identity of the animal can be documented to the department.
(d) The owner of any animal identified as an elk-red deer hybrid may submit a second confirmation sample to another approved laboratory within six months of receiving the results of the first hybrid test.
(4) If an elk-red deer hybrid is detected, the animal must be neutered, slaughtered or sold out of state in accordance with ARM 32.4.901. The identity of any animal identified as an elk-red deer hybrid and proof of neutering must be submitted to the department by the alternative livestock veterinarian. The state veterinarian shall determine what is acceptable as proof of neutering.
History: 81-2-102, 81-2-707, 87-4-422, MCA; IMP, 81-2-102, 81-2-703, 81-2-707, 87-4-422, MCA; NEW, 1999 MAR p. 136, Eff. 1/15/99; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 2974, Eff. 12/24/10; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 889, Eff. 5/21/16.