Volume 6, Number 37 - December 7, 2006
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The Wyoming Livestock Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed rule changes related to brucellosis surveillance in Wyoming. One of the three scheduled hearings will be held Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. in the commercial building at the Sublette County Fairgrounds.
In mid-September, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reclassified the State of Wyoming as Brucellosis Free, eliminating many of the federal testing requirements for Wyoming cattle when they are sold or move out of the state.
As a result, Chapter 2 Rules are now being amended to address this reclassification. Specifically, the rules have been amended to reduce testing requirements for Wyoming cattle prior to a change in ownership or an interstate movement. However, six counties (Lincoln, Hot Springs, Fremont, Park, Sublette and Teton) are still subject to the testing requirements.
The WLB added an amendment requiring testing if cattle leave the six-county area, “to ensure that animals are not moved out of the six county area and subsequently sold or moved out of state.” The proposal also added an exception to the testing requirement for cattle from herds with a valid herd plans in place.
The Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee has scheduled its triannual meeting to be held Jan. 18, 2007 in Idaho Falls.
Updates to the scheduling of the meeting and meeting agendas can be found at http://gyibc.com/. All meetings are open to the public.
The GYIBC is a multi-state and federal interagency effort to collectively identify and implement equitable solutions to concerns about brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area while moving towards the elimination of the disease.
Two major donors to the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity have joined forces to create a $200,000 challenge grant in support of the group’s “ESA Works!” campaign to defend the Endangered Species Act. It’s a dollar-for-dollar match.
The group is soliciting more donations aimed to help “build on the success of the Endangered Species Act and advocate for improved funding and implementation. And we’ll build momentum for a new congress and new administration in 2008.”
The Wyoming Wolf Coalition, a group of 25 agricultural, sportsmen, predator control groups, county government and business interests, was granted intervenor status in Wyoming’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“We are pleased to have been granted intervenor status to challenge the federal government’s efforts to expand the State of Wyoming’s obligations and responsibilities in terms of wolf expansion and management,” said Wolf Coalition Counsel Harriet Hageman. “This is a classic example of mission creep. The wolves were put in here as a non-essential experimental population. The federal government, however, has refused to experiment with management techniques to see what will work.”
The State of Wyoming filed a federal lawsuit in response to FWS’s reject of the state’s wolf management plan and delisting petition.
The Wyoming Wolf Coalition and its members will join the state of Wyoming and the Park County Board of Commissioners as petitioner-intervenors against FWS.
Senator Thomas returns to work in U.S. Senate
U.S. Senator Craig Thomas announced Monday that he is back to work in the United States Senate and ready to take care of business.
The senator was released Saturday, Dec. 2, from Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. He began treatment for leukemia on Nov. 9.
“I’m back, ready to vote, and looking forward to taking care of Senate business. There’s much work left to do – numerous spending bills, confirmations, and work to be done before the holiday break,” Thomas said.
“Doctors were very encouraged with how quickly I bounced back after just three weeks of treatment. I’m thankful for all the support I received along the way. Now, I’ve got my sights set on the people’s business.”
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