Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., has approved entry for Santa Claus and his reindeer to cross state lines into Louisiana on December 24, 2017. “When livestock are imported to Louisiana, there are animal health requirements necessary to protect our native livestock. We never have any issues when Santa comes to town to deliver presents. Santa makes sure his reindeer are properly tested and vaccinated,” said Strain. Reindeer are native to the Arctic Circle. Santa travels with a team of eight reindeer plus Rudolph.