Wildlife Diseases - Authority & Jurisdiction - Texas

(1) The Wildlife Board and Division of Wildlife Resources are responsible for determining the species of aquatic animals which may be imported into, possessed, and transported within the state. (2) Subject to the policies and rules of the Fish Health Policy Board, the Wildlife Board and the Division of Wildlife Resources shall: (a) act to prevent the outbreak and act to control the spread of disease-causing pathogens among aquatic animals in public aquaculture facilities(,) and (b) act to prevent the spread of disease-causing pathogens from aquatic animals in, to be deposited in, or harvested from public aquaculture facilities and private ponds to wild aquatic animals, other animals, and humans.; (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the department may: (a) make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, that are necessary for the control and prevention of disease in poultry, waterfowl, and game-birds(,) and (b) enforce the rules described in Subsection (1)(a). (2) The department may not make a rule under Subsection (1)(a) that relates to protected wildlife that is: (a) living in nature(,) and (b) under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife Resources.; As used in this title: (3) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of agriculture and food. (4) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and Food created in Chapter 2, Department--State Chemist--Enforcement.; (1)(a) The department shall investigate and may quarantine any reported case of contagious or infectious disease, or any epidemic or poisoning, affecting a domestic animal or an animal that the department believes may jeopardize the health of animals within the state.; The department is responsible for enforcing laws and rules relating to: (1) the importation, possession, or transportation of domesticated elk into the state or within the state(,) (2) the inspection of domesticated elk facilities(,) (3) preventing the outbreak and controlling the spread of disease-causing pathogens among domesticated elk in domesticated elk facilities(,) (4) preventing the spread of disease-causing pathogens from domesticated elk to wildlife, other animals, or humans(,) and (5) if necessary, quarantining any domesticated elk pursuant to Chapter 31, Control of Animal Disease.; (1) There is created within the department the Fish Health Policy Board which shall establish policies designed to prevent the outbreak of, control the spread of, and eradicate pathogens that cause disease in aquatic animals. (2) The Fish Health Policy Board shall: . . . (b) establish procedures for the timely reporting of the presence of a pathogen and disease threat(,) (c) create policies and procedures for, and appoint, an emergency response team to: (i) investigate a serious disease threat(,) (ii) develop and monitor a plan of action(,) and (iii) report to: (A) the commissioner of agriculture and food(,) (B) the director of the Division of Wildlife Resources(,) and (C) the chair of the Fish Health Policy Board(,) and (d) develop a unified statewide aquaculture disease control plan.;

Citation: U.C.A. 1953 § 4-37-105; U.C.A. 1953 § 4-31-119; U.C.A. 1953 § 4-1-109; U.C.A. 1953 § 4-31-115; U.C.A. 1953 § 4-39-103; U.C.A. 1953 § 4-37-503;