American Cervid Alliance

Brakke Family Responds to Recent Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

July 17, 2017


Last month, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the Iowa Department of Natural Resources illegally quarantined land belonging to an Iowa whitetail deer rancher.  After four years of litigation in multiple court venues, news regarding the final ruling was praised by the land owners and cervid industry.

Plaintiffs Tom and Rhonda Brakke offered the following statement to the cervid industry:

“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling stating the action taken by the Iowa DNR was in violation of state law. This ordeal has forever changed our lives. Raising whitetail deer was a passion for our family. Finding any disease that can affect your animals is tragic. We want to sincerely thank everyone in the deer and elk industry for all the support you gave our family throughout this difficult time. When the chips are down, you find out very quickly who you can count on for support and compassion.  We hope this experience will make the industry stronger, for it is an industry we will forever cherish.”

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