Draft environmental statement for this brucellosis vaccine finds many negatives, few benefits-
It (RB-51 vaccine) barely works as a vaccine. If it does work at all, it will take generations to make a difference. It might make the brucellosis bacteria more robust instead. Bison will soon become wary of people. It is expensive. Vaccinated bison will be painted. That won’t look good in a national park.
The benefit is it might increase tolerance to bison outside Yellowstone Park, although based on many years of past experience there is not one bit of empirical evidence that this is so. The great battle over bison and brucellosis is not really even about brucellosis, but about who has the political and cultural power to dominate wildlife in the Yellowstone area.
Story in the Jackson Hole News and Guide.
Bison vaccine no magic bullet, Park Service says. Inoculating some in Yellowstone herd to protect cattle could make brucellosis bacteria stronger.
By Cory Hatch.
Here is a link to the actual draft environmental impact statement. You can comment on it until July 26, 2010