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Montana Department of Livestock

 

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly named Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as the lead agency regarding feral swine. The Montana Department of Livestock is leading the prevention effort.  

Feral swine been in the news a lot lately. While they make for an entertaining headline, wildlife managers in Montana are increasingly concerned about the damage these invasive pigs can cause to farmers, ranchers, the environment and Montana’s outdoor recreation economy. 

Montana livestock officials worry that feral pigs from Canada are poised to invade the state. Department of Livestock says the invasive animal species could pose significant problems for Montana’s agriculture sector.
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Crop land, golf courses, lawns: none are safe from feral hogs that Montana livestock officials say are poised to invade the state. Officials received reports several months ago that wild Canadian pigs were merely 6 miles from the Montana border.

Lawmakers Consider The Future Of Bison In Montana

Mar 25, 2019
Bison in Yellowstone National Park.
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Debates are intensifying at the Montana Legislature over the state’s management of North America’s largest land mammal: The American bison.

Some argue bison are a critical cultural, spiritual and historical resource. Others argue bison pose a threat to the health and well-being of cattle. Now, legislators are considering a number of bills that would decide where bison are allowed to graze, and which government entity gets to make that decision.

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.

Cattle.
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The Montana Department of Livestock is moving forward with a plan to more than double the number of counties that require vaccinating cattle against brucellosis.

Montana Stockgrowers Association spokesperson Kori Anderson says, "The only concern we have as an organization is the financial implications that could go along with this expansion."

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. 

Cause Of Statewide Canine Respiratory Disease Still Unknown
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The Department of Livestock and local veterinarians are monitoring an outbreak of severe canine respiratory disease in Montana.

Veterinarians in Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Butte, Big Timber, Roundup and Red Lodge have reported seeing dogs with coughing, difficulty breathing and fever.

Two Medicine River, in the Badger-Two Medicine area.
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The Blackfeet tribal government says it plans to release buffalo onto national forest land as “free roaming wildlife.” The Council made that official proclamation Thursday.

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.

There's been a significant shake-up at the Montana Department of Livestock. The agency's executive officer of over eight years, Christian Mackay, resigned this week after a closed-door evaluation by the board that oversees his agency. Brands Enforcement Division Administrator, John Grainger and dairy industry representative, Jeff Lewis, also tendered their resignations.

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