By Brett French, Billings Gazette
Is the rise in brucellosis among elk related to their increasing concentration on private lands as they avoid hunters and predators?
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hoping to get an answer from a five-year study being launched around the Greater Yellowstone Area, where the contagious disease is confined.
“We haven’t identified specific causations, but there are similarities” to Wyoming’s feedgrounds, said Quentin Kujala, FWP’s wildlife management section chief. “We know that in some places elk are showing up earlier, in greater concentrations and staying longer.”
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