Jan. 29, 2008

We’ve covered this pointless plan to trap elk and test them for brucellosis antibodies before they go onto the Muddy Creek winter feedlot. Those that test positive are killed and the rest left to act like cattle for the rest of the winter.

Regarding the slaughtered elk, most of which really don’t have brucellosis although they test positive for antibodies, where is “Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife – Wyoming.” Is this OK with them?

The elk haven’t cooperated and continue not to act like cattle. Now, if only some of the doomed wolves in the area would appear and chase the elk well away from the feedlot.

Elk avoid traps. By Cat Urbigkit. Casper Star Tribune.

Note: the Muddy Creek feedlot was the indirect source of the brucellosis infection that caused Wyoming to lose its class 1, “brucellosis-free” status several years ago.

Jan. 30, 2008. Pinedale elk trap themselves. By Cat Urbigkit. Casper Star Tribune.
Screwups continue in this misbegotten program.

Feb. 1, 2008. 20 elk are finally tested for brucellosis antibodies, but operation continues to be messy. By Cat Urbigkit. Casper Star Tribune.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Pinedale, WY area elk avoid Game and Fish traps

  1. avatar Heather says:

    Ralph, those doomed wolves just make too much sense with their selective hunting for old, or diseased Elk. We could start cloning Elk….

  2. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    Trapped elk that test positive for exposure to brucellosis will be loaded up in stock trailers and hauled all the way from Wyoming to Idaho Falls across three mountain passes, including Teton Pass, to be slaughtered. Few of those elk will culture positive for true infectiousness. But G&F is doing the cowboys’ will–“keep those elk away from my grass and my cattle.” And chronic wasting disease is getting closer and closer to the feedgrounds.

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