(1) The Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources shall promulgate administrative regulations pertaining to health requirements, eradication of diseases, importation and unique individual identification, including visual identification tags, of privately owned and farm raised cervids maintained for the production of meat and other products. Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to regulate the unique individual identification, including visual identification, of captive cervids that are not privately owned and farm-raised cervids maintained for the production of meat and other products. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, shall promulgate administrative regulations pertaining to the holding of cervids.
(2) If any person imports a diseased animal into the Commonwealth in violation of the statutes and administrative regulations, then that person shall be responsible to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for all costs incurred in the investigation, response, and eradication of that disease.
Citation: KRS § 150.720.
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of KRS 150.370, 525.130, or any other statute that may be in conflict herewith, any county fiscal court may, whenever an epidemic or potential epidemic of a disease transmissible to man and domestic animals exists or is threatened in any species of wildlife, declare all or any portion of that county to be an epidemic area. Following a declaration, the fiscal court may, with approval of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, conduct control programs, including population reduction programs, against any species of wildlife including, but not limited to, red and gray foxes, skunks, and rodents which may be serving as reservoirs and/or vectors of any disease transmissible to human beings and/or domestic animals including but not limited to rabies, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These control programs may include but shall not be limited to hunting, trapping, vaccination, and use of poisons. Technical and operational assistance for the programs shall be made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the Department of Agriculture. A control program established under authority of this section may be conducted by the individual or joint action of the referred-to state agencies, the local health department, or individual property owners designated as agents of said cabinets and departments. In the event poisonous baits are used to control an outbreak of rabies in wildlife, those programs shall be under the direction of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. All pet animals in the area shall be quarantined for the duration of the program by action of the local board of health. These programs shall be regulated to provide specific identification of bait station locations, daily check of each bait station, and positive pickup and destruction of all unconsumed baits at the end of the program.
(2) No liability shall be imposed upon any state agency or local agency or any employee or agent thereof for any injury occurring to domesticated animals, individuals, or property in carrying out programs in good faith authorized by this section, but all persons and agencies shall be liable to the extent otherwise provided by law for ordinary and gross negligence.
Citation: KRS § 67.082.