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Efforts fail to stop pneumonia outbreak in Montana bighorn herd

from The Missoulian

Pneumonia continues to bedevil Montana's bighorn sheep, with a herd near Anaconda becoming the latest victim of the epidemic. More than 300 wild bighorns lived in a 133-square-mile area of the Flint, Anaconda and Pintler mountains. Motorists frequently saw them along Highway 1 between Anaconda and Georgetown Lake. Now, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Ray Vinkey hopes a third of the herd might survive the winter. The contagious respiratory disease is almost always fatal to the animal that catches it. It also tends to kill the lambs of surviving herd members for years after an outbreak. more

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