HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Solution To Bison-Cattle Conflict In Yellowstone

Montana shoots bison that migrate in from Yellowstone National Park because the population carries brucellosis, a disease that can cause abortion in livestock. Because cattle could potentially catch brucellosis by eating infected birth membranes, it would be a good idea to keep them away from the bison population during its birthing period. One pitfall would be if brucellosis-infected bison gave birth over a period longer than the normal two months. However, this is not the case, say Joel Berger of the University of Nevada in Reno and Steven Cain of Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming.

While millions of bison once lived in North America, by the turn of the century there were fewer than 1000 left. Since then bison have been protected in reserves and ranches and the population has grown to 150,000. But over the last 10 years nearly 3000 bison have been killed as they leave Yellowstone and enter Montana. "This is the greatest public slaughter of bison probably since the heyday some 125 years or more ago," says Berger.

Berger and Cain compared the length of birthing periods in a brucellosis-exposed bison population (in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) with three non-brucellosis-exposed populations (in National Bison Range in Montana and in Wind Cave and Badlands National Parks in South Dakota). The researchers found that the brucellosis-exposed bison did not give birth over a longer period than the three non-brucellosis-exposed populations.

This finding is important because ranchers can predict when it will be safe to put cattle on public lands where bison live. Because 95% of the bison in the Yellowstone area gave birth during May and June, Berger and Cain suggest that ranchers delay putting cattle in the area until July.

Although ranchers are concerned that their cattle might catch brucellosis from bison, this has never happened in the wild. Cattle have caught the disease from bison in experiments--but only at bison densities 1000 times highe
'"/>

Contact: Joel Berger
jberger@wyoming.com
707-864-5909
Society for Conservation Biology
30-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. 5AM Solutions releases Microarray Enterprise Manage(TM) Software
2. Solution to hospital infections could be in the air
3. Physicists Find Simple Solution To Great-And-Small Mystery
4. BNL Scientists Report On A Natural Cleanup Solution For Polluted Soil & Incinerator Ash
5. Biotech Creates New Solutions And New Problems
6. SFU Researcher Finds Low Cost Solution To High Auto Emissions
7. Virginia Tech Scientist Seek Genetic Solution To Malaria
8. Plant Doctors Find Genetic Solution For Papaya Growers
9. Potential Solutions For Gulf of Mexicos "Dead Zone" Explored
10. Computer Models Find Cost-Effective Solutions For Species Preservation
11. Conflicting views on embryonic and adult stem cells complicate research in stem cell therapeutics

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Solution Bison Cattle Conflict Yellowstone

(Date:4/27/2015)... , Apr. 27, 2015 Profile Solutions, Inc. ... and security systems is pleased to announce that Dr ... a consultant and member of its scientific advisory board. ... known as a thought leader in technology-enhanced learning models. ... Group, and has published studies and books focused on ...
(Date:4/14/2015)... NEW YORK , April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Fast IDentity Online (FIDO ® ) Alliance tm ... standards-based specifications. FIDO members commit to share technology ... authentication methods that are interoperable, more secure and ... specifications enable biometric identity verification that protects sensitive ...
(Date:4/9/2015)... Calif. , April 9, 2015 Synaptics ... interface solutions, announced today that it will report financial ... Thursday, April 23, 2015, after the close of market. ... analysts and investors at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ... To participate on the live call, analysts ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 2Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 3Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 4HYPR Corp. Joins the FIDO Alliance 2HYPR Corp. Joins the FIDO Alliance 3Synaptics to Report Third Quarter Results on April 23 2
(Date:5/21/2015)... 21, 2015 Specialty Pharmacy Times ... been admitted to BPA Worldwide as a business ... track audience data for Specialty Pharmacy Times based ... “By becoming a member of BPA Worldwide, Specialty ... our clients with the most reliable, unequaled data,” ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... May 21, 2015 uBiome, the ... a partnership with PicnicHealth, a healthcare company that ... diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) will receive ... complementary uBiome research kit. Both companies were funded ... , For more information on this partnership ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... 2015 W. R. Grace & ... in Worms, Germany has received good manufacturing practice ... the International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council (IPEC) Foundation. ... its SYLOID® FP brand of pharmaceutical grade excipient ... the Curtis Bay, Maryland (USA) and Sorocaba, Brazil ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... As part of its philanthropic partnership with Banner ... funded a $3.25 million project to relocate and equip ... up-to-date features and technology. , The new pharmacy is ... members will begin moving from the current location to ... , The current pharmacy has been using a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Specialty Pharmacy Times Joins BPA Worldwide 2uBiome Partners with PicnicHealth 2uBiome Partners with PicnicHealth 3Grace European Facility Receives GMP Excipient Certification for SYLOID® FP Silica Gel 2Sun Health Foundation Provides $3.25M to Expand, Relocate Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center Pharmacy 2Sun Health Foundation Provides $3.25M to Expand, Relocate Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center Pharmacy 3
Cached News: