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Marty Zaluski

Montana Regulators Issue Alert About Uninspected Meat

Jul 24, 2018
Ground beef.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Department of Livestock officials have issued a public health alert urging people in the Missoula area to throw out or return meat products produced by K&C Foods after April 5.

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.

A Madison County ranch was placed under quarantine by the Montana Department of Livestock earlier this month after cow infected with brucellosis was discovered during a voluntary blood test.
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A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a cattle ranch near Yellowstone National Park. 

Montana Tribes Seek Wild Bison Transfer To Reservation

Aug 15, 2016
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Montana American Indian reservation ran into resistance on Monday from state livestock officials who said the animals pose a potential disease threat.

NPS is proposing to send some bison to tribal land rather than slaughter.
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Yellowstone National Park is trying to take a new direction in bison management. The National Park Service has a plan to shift away from its nearly-annual practice of sending bison to slaughter to control population growth.

Bison at the National Bison Range.
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The Montana Board of Livestock is asking Montana attorney general Tim Fox to clarify the state’s laws pertaining to bison.

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National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.

Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.

The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.

The agencies think it may be time for an update.

The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed several new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses over the past week.