Is brucellosis a wildlife or livestock problem? FWP hears debate over issue
Eve Byron | Helena Independent-Record
Editor's note: An important part of this story is the reference to elk from the feedgrounds in Jackson Hole migrating "deep into Montana", carrying brucellosis. This is why we have been fighting so hard to eliminate feeding at the National Elk Refuge and 21 other western Wyoming winter feedgrounds. The incidence of disease is 7-14 times higher in these elk, and they are carrying brucellosis into Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere.
For the second time in a month, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission members heard about efforts to learn more about the extent of brucellosis in elk populations and possible ways to deal with it.
But Joe Cohenour, one member of the Elk-Brucellosis Working Group, noted after the commission meeting that they’re facing a conundrum because for many sportsmen the disease is a livestock problem, not a wildlife problem, yet the commission is looking at solutions via typical wildlife management routes.
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