WPR News
8:46 am
Tue July 17, 2007

Gov Says Feed Grounds Are Vital

Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal says feed grounds are a vital part of the state's efforts to manage elk and combat brucellosis for the foreseeable future.

Freudenthal says feed grounds are one of the only resources available to the state as long there is a reservoir of brucellosis in the national parks. Brucellosis is a disease that can cause
pregnant cows, bison and elk to abort fetuses.

The governor says if feed grounds are eliminated, elk will go onto private property and spread the disease.

Conservation groups say crowded conditions on feed grounds help transmit brucellosis and the feed grounds should be phased out.

There are 23 feed grounds in western Wyoming, where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department feeds the animals in the winter.

Freudenthal made his comments at the Western Regional Meeting of Agricultural College Deans in Jackson.