Conservation Officers in
Officers with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources had been conducting an investigation into alleged deer importation and hunting violations at a commercial hunting operation owned by Faires. Daugherty was the guide and manager of the hunting operation.
The officers were able to identify Faires loading three fallow deer onto his trailer in
Both subjects are due in court on
The importation of deer or any member of the deer family (Cervidae) has been prohibited by
One particularly dangerous disease threatening wild deer populations in other states is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease found in deer and elk, and it belongs to a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. While it is not known exactly how CWD is transmitted, the spread from animal to animal and environmental contamination with infective material is likely.
“Considering the impact that a single infected animal could have on our native wildlife populations, we all need to take the illegal importation of wildlife very seriously,” said Allan Andress, Chief of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ Enforcement Section. “We don’t have CWD in
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