CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Livestock Board are hosting a public meeting to discuss new cases of brucellosis found in elk in the Bighorn Mountains. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on April 4 at the Elks Lodge in Greybull.
Earlier this month, WGFD identified two positive cases of brucellosis in elk that were harvested during the 2012 hunting season in hunt area 40, about 15 miles west of Burgess Junction. Both hunters submitted blood samples to the WGFD as part of the department’s statewide voluntary brucellosis surveillance program. Through this program, samples are collected from hunters in the fall and early winter, then analyzed at the WGFD lab throughout the winter. Brucellosis has not been documented in livestock in this area.
The April 4 meeting will give livestock producers and others a chance to learn more and ask questions about these recent discoveries, plans for additional surveillance in elk this year, and tested and proven methods to reduce risk to livestock operations.
For more information about brucellosis in Wyoming, go to wyomingbrucellosis.com.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)