RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Santa Claus has been given permission to bring his reindeer to Virginia. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that a permit has been granted to allow Santa to bring his reindeer to the commonwealth on Christmas Eve.
The announcement was made in the following release:
VIRGINIA STATE VETERINARIAN APPROVES ENTRY OF SANTA’S REINDEER INTO VIRGINIA ON DECEMBER 24
RICHMOND, VA- Dr. Charlie Broaddus, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of
Wildlife Resources (DWR), has issued a permit to Nicolas “Santa” Claus, of the North Pole, to
bring his herd of “eight tiny reindeer” and one additional rare, red-nosed reindeer into Virginia
on the evening of Dec. 24. While the USDA regulates the international movement of animals, the
Commonwealth of Virginia. DWR is charged with the management of the state’s wildlife
All ruminants entering Virginia must bear identification, and the identification number
must be noted on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Identification can be an ear tag
issued by a state or federal entity, or other forms of identification approved by the State
Veterinarian, and is critically important in tracing animals in the event of a significant disease
outbreak. As the importation of deer into Virginia is generally prohibited, the State Veterinarian
collaborated with DWR to issue the permit. A DWR permit is required to possess any member of
the deer family in Virginia.
“Santa travels to Virginia each year with his herd of reindeer, and while his visit is brief,
it is still vitally important to Virginia’s agricultural industry that the reindeer are safe and
healthy. Santa takes great care of his herd, and I am happy to issue an approved permit,” said Dr.
In discussing this approval, Santa said, “I love delivering Christmas presents to the
Commonwealth. Virginia farmers produce some of the best products in the world. I especially
enjoy the milk and eggnog and my reindeer really love Virginia Grown carrots and apples.”