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Fredonia man illegally imported 27 cattle

FREDONIA, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health says a Fredonia rancher illegally imported cattle into the state from Michigan.

The board says the man brought 27 cattle back to his ranch but didn't have a veterinarian verify the animals were free of bovine tuberculosis before crossing the border.

An importer must have a licensed veterinarian sign off on cattle before they're imported to the state.

State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller says the board agreed to fine the man $5,000. She says the board will waive the fine if he returns the cattle after they've been tested and doesn't have more violations in the next three years.

Keller says there's no indication the cattle are sick or that wildlife and other domesticated animals in the area have been affected.