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RULE §65.605Holding Facility Standards and Care of Deer

(a) The entire perimeter fence of a facility containing breeder deer, including medical facilities, shall be no less than seven feet in height, and shall be constructed of department-approved net mesh, chain link or welded wire that will retain breeder deer. An indoor facility is acceptable if it meets the standards described in this section and provides permanent access to an outdoor environment that is sufficient for keeping the breeder deer in captivity.

(b) A permittee shall ensure that deer have access to adequate food, a continuous supply of water, and ample cover or shelter.

(c) Immediately upon discovering the escape of breeder deer from a facility, a permittee shall notify the department. The notification shall include a detailed description of the permittee's intended actions to recapture the escaped deer, including the methods that will be employed to recapture the deer and the dates and times that recapture will be attempted. The permit holder shall notify the department daily of the efforts to capture the escaped deer until the escaped deer are captured. If after ten days the permittee is unable to capture escaped breeder deer that have been reported in accordance with this subsection, the deer may not be recaptured or held in a deer breeding facility unless specifically authorized in writing by the department for purposes of disease management.

(d) If a permit holder is unable to recapture escaped breeder deer reported as provided under subsection (c) of this section and the breeding facility is designated as NMQ at the time of or subsequent to the time of escape under the provisions of Subchapter B, Division 2, of this chapter, the property on which the deer breeding facility is located and any tract of land contiguous to the property under common ownership shall be subject to a department disease-testing plan requiring mandatory CWD testing and reporting.

Source Note: The provisions of this §65.605 adopted to be effective December 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 9571; amended to be effective March 10, 1998, 23 TexReg 2329; amended to be effective August 15, 2001, 26 TexReg 6028; amended to be effective March 23, 2008, 33 TexReg 2548; amended to be effective March 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 1373; amended to be effective March 14, 2021, 46 TexReg 1500; amended to be effective January 18, 2024, 49 TexReg 267

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