BISON IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE REGION

EMERGING THREAT TO BISON

While much attention has been focused on diseases in livestock, much less is known about disease threats to animals in the wild. For example, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep have contracted pneumonia from domestic sheep resulting in up to 90% of die-offs in local herds. Pneumonia is now killing domestic bison and cattle, yet we have no idea if, like the sheep, it will spread to our wild bison.

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OUR UNIQUE AND SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

VIEW is currently partnering with local and federal agencies to exam archived blood samples, taken over a 20-year period from 200 bison. Our findings will be the first step in understanding the presence and history of diseases, like pneumonia, that can be transferred between wild and domestic herds.

 

Our specialized wildlife veterinarians are working with and training local wildlife professionals in the field. This data will further our understanding of current and imminent health risks and be used to proactively develop health management policies and protocols with the goal of minimizing or eliminating any harmful impact to the bison populations.

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VIEW’s mission is to protect endangered wildlife by tackling the health threats they face in their native habitats.

VIEW envisions a world where all countries have the commitment and local capacity to support wildlife health as a cornerstone of conservation.

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Bozeman, MT 59715

 

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Veterinary Initiative for Endangered Wildlife is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID number 52-1693387) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.