Brucellosis Management Action Plan public meeting in Pinedale March 24
To receive feedback on updates for seven elk herds
by Wyoming Game and Fish
March 13, 2011
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold two public meetings to receive feedback on updates to Brucellosis Management Action Plans (BMAPs) for seven elk herds containing supplemental feedgrounds in western Wyoming.
BMAP updates for the Jackson, Fall Creek and Afton elk herds will be discussed at the Jackson Game and Fish Regional office at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 23.
A meeting to receive feedback on updates to the Hoback, Piney, Upper Green River and Pinedale elk herd BMAPís will be held at the Pinedale Game and Fish Regional office at 7 pm on Thursday, March 24.
BMAPís for the seven elk herds containing feedgrounds were initially developed in 2006, with cooperation from livestock producers, animal health regulatory officials and state/federal land managers. The plans outline actions that could reduce the risk of elk to elk and elk to cattle brucellosis transmission. Development of the BMAPs was a top recommendation of the Governorís Brucellosis Coordination Team (BCT), a panel formed after Wyoming lost its brucellosis class-free status for cattle in 2004.
The BCT also recommended that the Game and Fish update the BMAPís every five years and discuss progress on the planís recommendations, review the various brucellosis management action options and develop new brucellosis management recommendations based upon updated information. The Game and Fish will present their progress on refining elk parturition (calving areas) delineations, better defining characteristics of elk to elk brucellosis transmission and recent efforts to reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission by reducing prevalence of the disease in elk attending feedgrounds.
The state of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring auxiliary aids for this meeting should contact the Jackson Game and Fish Region Office at (800) 423-4113 or the Pinedale Game and Fish Region Office at (800) 452-9107. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.