The Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease among deer at private hunting ranches has met with resistance from the Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association, which plans to ask lawmakers to declare the deer livestock under the purview of the state's Department of Agriculture. The Conservation Department held meetings to gather input and is preparing rules for public review. "To define a captive deer as livestock is not a good road to go. Our job is to protect deer on both sides of the fence," department official Aaron Jeffries said.
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