If a cow from a second herd tests positive, Wyoming will again lose its brucellosis free status, and it looks like one will.
It’s important to remember that the recent brucellosis infection near Danial, WY came from one of the state’s elk feedlots that conservation groups are trying to shut down because they are breeding grounds for disease and transmission.
The same was true when Wyoming first lost its brucellosis free status about 4 years ago.
The news article merely says the new case is in Sublette County. It doesn’t say if it is near an elk winter feedlot.
Wyoming brucellosis. Another cow may test positive. By Matt Joyce. Casper Star Tribune.
This whole matter is especially important for wildlife conservation because some livestock groups want to have a general extermination of elk over a huge area so they won’t have the inconvenience of vaccinating their livestock and/or the moderate burdens imposed by not having a class A brucellosis status for the state.
Note that Montana recently lost is brucellosis free status.