Domestic cervidae are considered livestock in the state of Idaho and defined as “elk, fallow deer and reindeer that are owned by a person.” The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) regulates and enforces standards for the domestic cervidae industry. ISDA’s main role is to ensure animal health through testing provisions and other oversight, including import surveillance, inventory verification and facility inspections. There are currently 44 domestic cervidae ranches and approximately 4,000 domestic cervids in Idaho.


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