Dubois, Wy – A longtime critic of the state brucellosis management plan continues to blame ranchers. Robert Hoskins says ranchers should take more responsibility to reduce the disease. He wants feed grounds eliminated, so that elk would give birth in solitude and not spread the disease. Hoskins says that can be achieved if ranchers fence their cattle in for part of the year.
"During the window of time when brucellosis can be transmitted between elk and cattle, late winter early spring, we need to have absolute physical separation between elk and cattle."
Hoskins says the burden should be on ranchers to protect their cattle.