FACT OF THE WEEK: Zoonotic disease Brucellosis found shared between marine mammals and humans.
MORE ON THIS: Zoonotic diseases are those which can be passed between humans and animals. 281 more words
The Department of the Interior recently issued a plan to reintroduce free-roaming bison across the Intermountain West and Great Plains. This news came with praise from advocates of wild bison and sharp criticism from ranchers who view buffalo and the diseases they can carry as threats to their livelihoods. 897 more words
William Wyckoff has posted an article at the University of Washington Press Blog on the potential re-introduction of free-roaming bison to the American West. Wyckoff's post explores this complicated proposition. At one point, American bison reportedly ranged in North American from Canada to Mexico to the Atlantic seaboard. After being slaughtered during the 19th Century, the American bison has been making a comeback. Ted Turner manages approximately 51,000 bison over two million acres of his private property in the West, but bison have been restricted from roaming public lands. Western ranchers have repeatedly rejected attempts to re-introduce them to public lands outside of Yellowstone National Park. Their opposition has been been premised on the threat bison infected with brucellosis pose to the cattle industry. Cattle infected with brucellosis frequently miscarry. Still, re-introducing free roaming bison to the American West has been priority for policy makers, Native American, environmental groups and numerous other longtime residents of the West. In many ways, bison are the symbol of the American West and their absence has been missed. The Department of the Interior has released a report that seeks to re-introduce bison to various national parks and monuments and address the concerns of cattle ranchers. Like many Westerners, I hope that these magnificent creatures can roam beyond Yellowstone National Park.
BioPrepWatch Bryan Cohen June 11, 2014
Decades of neglect of anthrax and other zoonotic diseases caused the diseases to devastate thousands of people’s lives in the developing world, according to a study recently published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 57 more words