Montana Elk-Brucellosis Working Group Set to Meet in Bozeman

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A working group charged with developing elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern is set to meet in Bozeman April 26-27.

The working group is leading 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 8:30 a.m. on April 26, and continue through noon on April 27, at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ office in Bozeman at 1400 S. 19th St.

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 meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment at the end of each day’s meeting. Additional public comment opportunities will be offered if the FWP Commission considers recommendations from the working group. For additional information call 406-444-2612.