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  The Board of Animal Health is responsible for protecting the health of Minnesota’s domestic animals, which includes enforcing state laws related to deer and elk farms. The Office of the Legislative Auditor's review focused on how well the board has enforced these laws, as well as its response to chronic wasting disease discovered among farmed deer or elk. The OLA found that the Board of Animal Health has failed to enforce some laws relating to deer and elk farms. The board has not established clear expectations for deer and elk farm inventories, nor has it systematically analyzed compliance with state laws requiring chronic wasting disease testing. We make several recommendations for the board related to recordkeeping and enforcement. It also found that the board has a strained relationship with the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for managing Minnesota’s wild deer and elk. It recommends that the board and the department draft a memorandum of understanding to facilitate communication and data sharing between the two agencies. The evaluation was conducted by Sarah Delacueva.
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    Program Evaluation Division   Oc   L A   State of Minnesota   Board of Animal Health ’ s Oversight of Deer and Elk Farms   2018   EVALUATION REPORT    Program Evaluation Division   The Program Evaluation Division was created within the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) in 1975. The division ’ s mission, as set forth in law, is to determine the degree to which state agencies and  programs are accomplishing their goals and objectives and utilizing resources efficiently.   Topics for evaluations are approved by the Legislative Audit Commission (LAC), which has equal representation from the House and Senate and the two major political parties. However, evaluations  by the office are independently researched by the Legislative Auditor  ’ s professional staff, and reports are issued without prior review by the commission or any other legislators. Findings, conclusions, and recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the LAC or any of its members.   OLA also has a Financial Audit Division that annually audits the financial statements of the State of Minnesota and, on a rotating schedule, audits state agencies and various other entities. Financial audits of local units of government are the responsibility of the State Auditor, an elected office established in the Minnesota Constitution.   OLA also conducts special reviews in response to allegations and other concerns brought to the attention of the Legislative Auditor. The Legislative Auditor conducts a preliminary assessment in response to each request for a special review and decides what additional action will be taken by OLA.   For more information about OLA and to access its reports, go to: www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us.   Evaluation Staff    James Nobles,  Legislative Auditor    Judy Randall,  Deputy Legislative Auditor    Joel Alter    Caitlin Badger    Ellen Dehmer    Sarah Delacueva   Kristina Doan   Will Harrison   Jody Hauer    David Kirchner    Carrie Meyerhoff    Ryan Moltz   Jessica Obidike   Jodi Munson Rodriguez   Laura Schwartz   Katherine Theisen   Jo Vos   Madeline Welter    To obtain reports in electronic ASCII text, Braille, large print, or audio, call 651 - 296 - 4708. People with hearing or speech disabilities may call through Minnesota Relay by dialing 7 - 1 - 1 or 1 - 800 - 627 - 3529.   To offer comments about our work or suggest an audit, investigation, or evaluation, call 651 - 296 - 4708 or e - mail legislative.auditor@state.mn.us.   Printed on Recycled Paper    Photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Administration with recolorization done by OLA. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139366343@N07/25811929076/in/album - 72157663671520964/) Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode      O FFICE OF THE L EGISLATIVE A UDITOR   STATE OF MINNESOTA   ã  James Nobles, Legislative Auditor Room 140 Centennial Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1603 ã  Phone: 651-296-4708 ã  Fax: 651-296-4712   E-mail: legislative.auditor@state.mn.us ã  Website: www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us   ã   Minnesota Relay: 1-800-627-3529 or 7-1-1   O L A April 2018 Members of the Legislative Audit Commission: The Board of Animal Health is responsible for protecting the health of Minnesota’s domestic animals, which includes enforcing state laws related to deer and elk farms. Our review focused on how well the board has enforced these laws, as well as its response to chronic wasting disease discovered among farmed deer or elk. We found that the Board of Animal Health has failed to enforce some laws relating to deer and elk farms. The board has not established clear expectations for deer and elk farm inventories, nor has it systematically analyzed compliance with state laws requiring chronic wasting disease testing. We make several recommendations for the board related to recordkeeping and enforcement. We also found that the board has a strained relationship with the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for managing Minnesota’s wild deer and elk. We recommend that the board and the department draft a memorandum of understanding to facilitate communication and data sharing between the two agencies. Our evaluation was conducted by Sarah Delacueva. The Board of Animal Health and the Department of Natural Resources cooperated fully with our evaluation, and we thank them for their assistance. Sincerely, James Nobles Judy Randall Legislative Auditor Deputy Legislative Auditor    ^   «   s  
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