25 Ted Turner Bison Die of Anthrax. By Jennifer McKee. Billings Gazette State Bureau

Aug. 5, 2008, update. Anthrax on Turner ranch prompts road closure. By Jessica Mayrer. Bozeman Chronicle staff writer.

Montana DOL, so vigilant about brucellosis has finally decided maybe anthrax is a danger to people!

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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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to Anthrax strikes down 25 of Ted Turner's bison

  1. kt says:

    Hadn’t seen this earlier. The article refers to naturally occurring anthrax. but is it really “naturally occurring” in North America – or is it another “introduced” disease – that accompanied domestic sheep in particular into the American West? Anyone know the answer?

  2. john weis says:

    Natural. But grazing animals do a fine job with transmission.

  3. Save bears says:


    Yes, based on my studies, Anthrax is a naturally occurring illness that has been prevalent since before Europeian white man came to the American wilderness, there is no conspiracy on this particular topic..

  4. Save bears says:

    Based on scientific research, Anthrax has been around for a very long time..it is a illness that lays dormant and blooms when the conditions are right for the spread of it…don’t try to make everything into something that it is not…we have enough issues to muddy the waters of the fight in the west, without this type of speculation.

  5. Please note the update on the Anthrax story.


July 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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