Zone outside Yellowstone declared “brucellosis free” with greater restrictions inside the affected Yellowstone area or eradication of infected elk and bison herds? Who pays? Who benefits?
USDA wants two zones to reduce costs.
Livestock interests say that it will put Yellowstone area ranchers out of business.
According to the article, Livestock interests and Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife want eradication of the disease which means killing of entire herds of bison and elk. This apparently is not totally correct as you can see from Bob Wharff’s statement below. It still appears that some livestock interests favor eradication.
The Park Service says that “the only certain solution – destroying entire infected elk herds in Yellowstone and elsewhere – was not politically or practically feasible”
Wildlife advocates who oppose eradication/wildlife slaughter efforts were not consulted for the article.
Wyoming brucellosis group examines federal proposal