Montana Proposes Elk Hazing to Check Brucellosis Spread


Associated Press reports:  

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to keep elk that have been exposed to brucellosis from mingling with unexposed elk across a wide area north and west of Yellowstone National Park, though they acknowledge that plan has a high possibility of failure.

The proposal released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks adds a wrinkle to the state’s elk management plan in areas with brucellosis, a disease that causes animals to abort their young. Previous versions of the management plan have allowed elk-kill permits, fencing and hazing elk away from cattle in an effort to stem the spread of the disease.

The new version also would allow hazing to keep different groups of elk separated near the boundary of a designated brucellosis surveillance area that covers a wide swath of southwestern Montana. The aim is to keep the elk within the surveillance area from coming into contact with elk from outside the area that are presumed to have no brucellosis exposure.

The plan goes before the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday. If commissioners give their initial approval, the public will have a chance to comment before a final vote is taken in October.


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