Lawmakers seek review of captive deer industry

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): High-fence hunting operations and the disease risks associated with deer farms could be studied by Indiana lawmakers this summer.

Republican Senate President Pro Tempore David Long is calling for a study committee to analyze the disease risks and how to regulate hunting preserves.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( state lawmakers have spent more than a decade trying to reach agreement on legislation about high-fenced hunting preserves. A bill that would have set regulatory standards for preserves was narrowly defeated this year in the Senate.

A Star investigation that examined the risks and ethical concerns of the captive-deer industry has renewed calls for change.

The captive deer industry is a $1 billion enterprise in which farmers breed deer with huge antlers, then sell them to be killed as trophies.