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Elk-Brucellosis Working Group To Meet In Bozeman July 11

Councils & Committees

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The working group that recently developed elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern will meet in Bozeman July 11 to review the results of last winter's activities.

The working group led an effort to examine effective elk management options and risk prevention efforts in several southwestern Montana hunting districts. The areas generally include hunting districts that border or are near Yellowstone National Park.

The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. on July 11at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ office in Bozeman at 1400 S. 19th St. The focus of the meeting is to review the effectiveness of FWP Commission-approved management techniques used last winter to keep elk away from high-risk areas where elk could comingle with cattle.

Brucellosis is a contagious bacterial infection in domestic animals, wildlife and humans worldwide. In Montana, brucellosis has been detected in elk, bison and, several years ago, in cattle in areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park. The disease results in miscarriages in some pregnant animals, including domestic cattle, and bison and elk.

The meeting is open to the public and includes time for public comment. For more information visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "For Hunters" then click Elk-Brucellosis Work Group.