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Diseases & Research

Wildlife diseases and research are programs under the Wildlife Bureau Research and Technical Services (RTS) section of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). The RTS section consists of approximately 15 permanent employees, employs hundreds of seasonal, short-term, temporary, volunteer, and intern workers annually, and collaborates closely with faculty from various universities in the conduct of graduate research projects. The RTS section uses scientific knowledge, the scientific method, statistics, technology, wildlife health and veterinary services, laboratory services, and specialized fieldwork, survey, and data skills to provide reliable answers to questions and robust support to wildlife conservation activities. The section is fundamental to wildlife conservation in Montana because it provides focused research to address priority resource issues and technical services for the management and monitoring aspects of the Montana wildlife conservation program.