A desperate move to protect cattle ranchers

Farquhar, Brodie
December 2005
High Country News;12/26/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 24, p4
The article presents information regarding the slaughter of wild elk in order to protect cattle from brucellosis disease in Wyoming. The incident started when Donald Jensen, a cattle rancher faced a situation of sending his 331 cattle to a slaughter-house to prevent the spread of brucellosis; a disease that causes cattle, elk and bison. The action was following an order by a Wyoming state authority after a regular spot-testing for the disease. Afterwards the state of Wyoming decided to slaughter wild elk referring the possibility of the source of the infection. The federal agencies used to supply hay to nearly 25,000 wild elk during the winter to protect ranchers' grass and to keep elk abundant for hunters. But it also encourages the spread of disease like brucellosis. Therefore the state's wildlife agents planned to begin the test with the 400 to 600 elk at the Muddy Creek feed ground using a trail of hay to lure the elk into a new corral. Elks, which got a positive test would be send to a slaughter-house.


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