Department of Livestock to discuss results of brucellosis surveillance

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Department of Livestock to discuss results of brucellosis surveillance

The Montana Department of Livestock will hold an informal public meeting in Twin Bridges on March 18, following the recent discovery of two brucellosis-exposed elk in the Ruby Mountains.

One hundred elk were sampled by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks for brucellosis exposure as part of an ongoing surveillance to determine the incidence and distribution of the disease in wildlife. Forty-three of the captured animals were fitted with GPS collars to monitor their movements.

The capture occurred in the Ruby Mountains outside of the current boundary of Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area. The DSA is an area where cattle and domestic bison are subject to brucellosis testing (movement/sale) and identification requirements due to the risk of exposure to brucellosisinfected wildlife.

In the past, the discovery of brucellosis-exposed elk outside of the DSA has resulted in adjustments to the DSA boundary to ensure at-risk cattle and domestic bison are included in brucellosis surveillance.

The meeting will be held in Twin Bridges at the Madison County Fairgrounds Pavilion on March 18, at 1 p.m. DOL intends to discuss the brucellosis elk surveillance results and their implications, answer questions, and gather input from local livestock producers, veterinarians and other interested parties.

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