According to a Fox News report, officials are considering capturing and/or killing thousands of elk in and around the Yellowstone National Park area as a means of halting the spread of brucellosis, a disease that can cause cattle, bison, elk and other infected animals to abort their young.

It was thought that bison were the main culprit in spreading the disease and as many as 6,000 have been killed leaving the park over the past decade but the disease persists and now officials believe it is elk spreading the disease and they want to cull the herd. This isn’t sitting well with hunters, sporting groups and others interested in protecting the elk herds.

Tom Remington