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2012 Elk Management Guildlines in areas with Brucellosis Working Group Recommendations

The working group prepared several strategic objectives and offered examples of how FWP could carry out risk reduction guidelines. FWP Commission, however, only approved the three "fundamental objectives," and "Issue Statement" and example action items for public comment. The proposed objectives are exclusively focused on keeping elk away from high risk areas where elk could comingle with cattle or in unusually high concentrations that might increase transmission. The objectives include:

  • minimize disease transmission;
  • maximize acceptability of elk management tools and populations in the area for, hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and livestock producers;
  • maximize cost effectiveness.

Some action items or tools that could be considered under the guidelines include hazing elk away from livestock, hunting, potentially reducing the size or density of some wintering elk herds, and erecting fences to keep elk out of specific locations like small scale feed areas. Details and specific management actions will be developed by local working groups and then presented for FWP Commission approval, which would include additional public comment opportunities.

Officials stressed that a program to test elk and then cull those exposed to brucellosis is not under consideration. Test and slaughter is not going to be considered now or in the future.

Comment Deadline

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Comment deadline has passed.It was 5 PM on December 20, 2012.