Two elk recently tested positive for brucellosis in the Big Horn Mountains, which State Veterinarian Dr. Jim Logan says is kind of a big deal since it’s outside of the brucellosis surveillance area.
Logan says ranchers are advised to ensure cattle and elk are not co-mingling and confirms that no livestock in Wyoming have tested positive for the disease. However, with the recent scare, Logan reports that the Wyoming Livestock Board is working with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to increase surveillance of elk and possibly even add surveillance of cattle.
On big asset the state has when it comes to the fight against brucellosis is the Wyoming State Veterinary lab. Logan says a lot of research is being done there on the disease, from diagnostics to vaccinations, that is important not only to Wyoming, but to the rest of the country as well.