The brucellosis issue (by Brett French)
Here it is in black and white, simply stated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: “We believe that with current technology, eradication of brucellosis in free-ranging elk is not possible.” This begs the question, now what? That’s a topic a group of legislators may consider in a couple of weeks when they meet in Helena. The report is one of several on the agenda of the Environmental Quality Council. So if brucellosis can’t be eradicated, is there anything new to be done to keep the disease from spreading from wildlife like elk and bison to cattle? A group of conservationists believe the shift should be to livestock producers to seek a vaccine that protects against brucellosis instead of focusing on wildlife.
(written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)