Deer disease: No Christmas Reindeer Imports to Alabama

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.

The Daily Mountain Eagle reports that the department’s deputy commissioner told the Rotary Club of Jasper on Tuesday that reindeer typically arrive days before a show and might bring in the disease. Ed Poolos of Jasper told the group that reindeer already in the state can stay.

Chronic wasting disease is a highly infectious disease caused by malformed proteins called prions. Animals can spread those for a year or two before symptoms show.


Information from: Daily Mountain Eagle,

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