State team can still help brucellosis efforts

Trib.com

Gov. Dave Freudenthal established some ambitious goals when he took office, but he was also realistic.

In tackling the thorny issue of brucellosis in wildlife and livestock, the governor knew that eliminating the disease likely would be impossible. But in 2004 he appointed a 19-member task force of ranchers, sportsmen, lawmakers, veterinarians and others to chart a course for the state in dealing with the pesky problem.

Six years later, it’s clear that the group hasn’t identified any silver bullets to resolve issues related to brucellosis. But it has helped narrow the focus on the disease. With Freudenthal leaving office at the end of the year, and with federal brucellosis policy a moving target, it would be in the state’s best interest for the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team to stay in place to provide our next governor with continuing guidance on these issues.

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