Deer disease: No Christmas reindeer imports to Alabama

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Information from: Daily Mountain Eagle, http://www.mountaineagle.com

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Live stand-ins for Santa’s reindeer won’t be allowed to come into Alabama this year, as part of the state’s precautions against a deadly deer disease.

So far, there hasn’t been any chronic wasting disease in Alabama, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants to keep it that way.

Reindeer typically arrive days before a show and might bring in the disease, Ed Poolos of Jasper, the department’s deputy commissioner, told the Rotary Club of Jasper on Tuesday. He said reindeer already in Alabama can still be used for such displays, The Daily Mountain Eagle reported .

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Live stand-ins for Santa’s reindeer won’t be allowed to come into Alabama this year, as part of the state’s precautions against a deadly deer disease.

So far, there hasn’t been any chronic wasting disease in Alabama, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants to keep it that way.

Reindeer typically arrive days before a show and might bring in the disease, Ed Poolos of Jasper, the department’s deputy commissioner, told the Rotary Club of Jasper on Tuesday. He said reindeer already in Alabama can still be used for such displays, The Daily Mountain Eagle reported .

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