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One Elk Tests Positive For Brucellosis Southwest of Dillon

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Credit State of Montana
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State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in southwest Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis.

This is the first time a positive test was found in the Tendoy Mountains Southwest of Dillon, said officials from the Montana Department of Livestock.

The area is outside the area where ranchers are required to test livestock for brucellosis. The disease can cause cattle, bison and elk to abort.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks say 100 elk were sampled.

Thirty elk were fitted with radio collars to study their movements and understand how the disease may spread. It is part of the Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance project. “The discovery of an exposed elk in the Tendoys emphasizes the importance of elk surveillancenear the boundary of the DSA,” said Montana State Veterinarian Martin Zaluski in a press release, “Weappreciated this partnership with FWP which helps us continue to identify livestock potentiallyat risk.”

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Jackie Yamanaka
Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986. From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena where she has another office.
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