Pinedale, WY area elk avoid Game and Fish traps

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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  1. Heather Avatar

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

  2. Robert Hoskins Avatar
    Robert Hoskins

    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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