Legislator trying again to allow deer farms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee legislator is again trying to get approval for commercial deer farms after a similar effort failed last year.

While Strawberry Plains Rep. Frank Nicely has accused opponents of spreading misinformation, his bill has raised alarm among hunting and wildlife groups, according to The Tennessean.

When the Republican lawmaker crafted the bill this year, he steered it to the House Agriculture Committee, which he chairs. A similar measure last year received little support before the chamber's Conservation and Environment subcommittee.

Proponents say deer could be raised as livestock for meat, hides, antler velvet and urine-- the latter processed to mask the human scent of hunters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation says deer farms open the state to the possibility of chronic wasting disease.

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