- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) - A southeast Wisconsin woman who owns an animal park has agreed to pay $8,000 in fines and costs to settle state charges of quarantine violations related to farm-raised deer.

Dana Montana of Lake Geneva Animal Gardens was accused of allowing a reindeer named Prancer to leave the 40-acre tourist attraction three years ago. State investigators told her she violated quarantines imposed to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Montana tells the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1JqyuTO ) that she’s never lost a deer or let one leave. She says she wasn’t aware of the quarantine when she donated Prancer to a nearby private sanctuary for lions and tigers, because the 4-year-old reindeer had an untreatable liver disease.

Montana says her business hasn’t faced any other violations in its 12-year history.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj


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