Missouri approves tougher rules for captive deer

October 17, 2014 2:38 PM

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials approved tougher regulations for deer ranchers and hunting preserves Friday, including a ban on importing deer from elsewhere, in an attempt to stop the spread of disease.

Most of the new rules adopted by the Missouri Conservation Commission are expected to take effect Jan. 30, though existing facilities would have until June 30, 2016, to comply with stronger fencing requirements.

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