Brucellosis Still Concern for State Game Officials

The disease, brucellosis, continues to be of concern to the state's game officials. News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the update.

As in the past year, the state game and fish department is still asking hunters to help check for the disease brucellosis in elk, by collecting blood samples, because it’s a disease that can be fatal. The update’s coming from Bud Stewart of the Game and Fish office in Sheridan.

He said hunters have been trying to help, but some don’t realize the blood sample must be kept at a certain temperature for the testing to be valid. After saying that collection vials are available at the local office, he gave detailed instructions on how to collect the sample.

He described the situation as a serious issue because one elk from the western side of the Big Horns tested positive for the disease in 2012. So in 2013, he said the Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the state veterinarian, decided to try to test as many elk, as possible, especially cows. That’s why they asked the hunters for help.

The result, he said, was that about 500 samples turned in from the Big Horns were suitable to use. And two positives came out of Hunt Area 40 on the west side of the Big Horns, but none on the east side. That’s good news, he said, because the disease can be devastating.

For more information on the program, go to the Game and Fish website --

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