Maybe I am naive, but I am shocked at this. Don’t wildlife biologists worry about disease transmission when they do these kind of transfers? Don’t they quarantine or at least rigorously test for the presence of such a disease?
I mean,hell, this is fairly predictable isn’t it? It isn’t like they suddenly came down with HIV or some other unexpected disease….Any vets’ out there in DWR land?
No evidence they got it in Utah….no domestic sheep in the area,,,and they are killing the imports to keep the native wild sheep from getting it. Seems to me greater than 90% certainty this is a Montana disease that was brought south.
Clarifying the last part of my comment: Pressure to move the bighorns, once caught, because of various expectations, publicity, etc. And biologists likely do not want to keep the animals confined too long.