Jennifer Ramsey, an FWP veterinarian and Dillon FWP biologist Craig Fager work to collar one of the captured elk.
A herd of elk congregates next to cattle being fed on private land in the Madison Valley. Trying to keep the animals separate, especially during their most infectious time in the spring, is a challenge for ranchers and wildlife managers.
Elk birthing sites checked by FWP for brucella bacteria have mostly cultured negative. The bacteria can live about 14 days on the landscape in the spring.
Fager moves in to unhook a cow elk captured as part of a series of operations across the state to assess the prevalence of brucellosis in elk.
The problem seems insurmountable.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ laboratory supervisor Neil Anderson, at left, and FWP veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey hold a cow elk so samples can be taken as part of a state brucellosis surveillance program.
Wyoming seems to be off the hook.
Elk gather on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyo. For many years Montana blamed Wyoming’s feedgrounds for spreading the disease brucellosis into the state, but recent analysis of the bacteria’s genome shows that is not true.
This card test is performed in the field to determine if a captured elk has been exposed to brucellosis. Seroprevalence is the percentage of animals tested that have been exposed.
The transmission of brucellosis from elk to cattle in southwestern Montana will be the topic of a discussion at Montana State University in Bozeman on Saturday.
State livestock officials reported Monday that they’ve found the disease brucellosis in another Montana cattle herd, marking the second case to be announced in less than two weeks.
BOZEMAN — Gardiner resident Bonnie Lynn is bracing herself for another gut-wrenching bison hunt north of Yellowstone National Park.
HELENA — The state Board of Livestock next week may be asked to lay off some staff members at the state Livestock Department and offer unpaid furloughs to others.
Montana livestock officials say a cow from a Madison County cattle herd has tested positive for the disease brucellosis.
A controversial plan to move forward with fencing out, hazing and killing elk in the Paradise Valley in an attempt to prevent the wildlife from transmitting disease to cattle was approved by the Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday.
Armed with information on the state's bighorn sheep transplant program, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hoping to change the Fish and Wildlife Commission's mind about not agreeing to move 50 bighorns to South Dakota.
Montana wildlife officials say a group of about 140 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will be relocated to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation next week.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has delayed until November its commission’s consideration of a controversial 2015 elk-brucellosis management plan aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.