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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8

INTRODUCED BY M. PHILLIPS

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA URGING FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES IN WYOMING TO STOP FEEDING ELK ON WINTER RANGE.

 

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the state of Wyoming provide hay and alfalfa pellets to more than 20,000 elk at 23 feeding sites in Wyoming south of Yellowstone National Park, including the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole; and

     WHEREAS, this practice results in artificially high populations of elk in these areas and a loss of the animals' natural instincts to survive without human assistance; and

     WHEREAS, the USFWS acknowledges that elk congregating in these unnaturally dense clusters can result in environmental damage and contamination; and

     WHEREAS, both the USFWS and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department acknowledge that the prolonged congregation of animals at these feeding sites increases the probability of disease transmission, including scabies, foot rot, brucellosis, and chronic wasting disease that can spread through the herds and be transmitted to other animals in the region, including in Yellowstone National Park and Montana; and

     WHEREAS, brucellosis can be transmitted to domestic livestock resulting in weight loss, loss of young, infertility, and lameness with serious economic consequences for producers; and

     WHEREAS, chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurologic disease against which elk, deer, and moose have no immunity.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

     That the Montana Legislature urges the USFWS and the state of Wyoming to stop feeding elk.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send copies of this resolution to:

     (1) the Secretary of the Interior;

     (2) the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;

     (3) the manager of the National Elk Refuge;

     (4) the governor of Wyoming; and

     (5) the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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