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Montana investigating bison deaths north of YNP

Published On: May 18 2013 12:42:46 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

State veterinarians have been sent to examine bison carcasses north of Yellowstone National Park amid concerns the bison might have acquired a deadly disease from domestic sheep.
Pat Flowers of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks say that a veterinarian from his agency and the state Department of Livestock this weekend hope to do necropsies on the bison.
At least two bison and possibly four have been found dead in the last week.
The Gallatin Wildlife Association says state officials should check for the presence of malignant catarrhal fever that can be transferred from sheep to bison, cattle, deer and moose.
Flowers says dead bison in the area this time of year aren't unusual, but the presence of domestic sheep is new for the agency, so it will investigate.