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Montana agency to vaccinate Yellowstone bison

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 22 2013 07:52:12 AM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

 Montana's state veterinarian says the Department of Livestock plans to start vaccinating bison from Yellowstone National Park.
    
Marty Zaluski said Thursday the agency will vaccinate bison against the disease brucellosis from February until early March.
    
Zaluski's announcement was at an Interagency Bison Management Plan meeting. The group of state, federal and tribal officials manages the bison that wander into Montana from Yellowstone.
    
The aim is to prevent brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to abort their young, from spreading to cattle.
    
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the agency will start the vaccination program without the approval of the tribes and other state and federal agencies in the group.
    
Zaluski says the agency does not have a goal in the number of bison to vaccinate or how the program will be measured.