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N.B. orders alleged deer farms shut down

Staff / New Brunswick is ordering people at over a dozen locations in the province to either slaughter or ship out captive white-tailed deer they’re alleged to be keeping on their premises.

The only option available for individuals keeping such deer is to harvest the animals for personal use or to ship them to another jurisdiction where captivity is allowed, the province said. That can only be done with CFIA approval.

The operators have been told not to release captive white-tailed deer into the wild, due to the risk of spreading disease to wildlife.

The province’s order follows the death last Oct. 9 of a 55-year-old man at St-Leonard, about 40 km southeast of Edmundston. He had gone into a fenced field near his home to tend to a herd of deer. It’s believed the man had been attacked by a dominant male deer in the herd, RCMP said.

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