Brucellosis was documented in elk in Idaho in 1998. Infected elk are limited to certain areas of eastern Idaho. In 1998, a Wildlife Brucellosis Task Force was formed to develop a management plan for brucellosis in elk and affiliated cattle populations in Idaho.
Currently IDFG is doing the following:
Conducting trapping and testing of elk for brucellosis
Monitoring and managing elk density to decrease the risk of brucellosis transmission to cattle by improving winter range conditions for elk
Working cooperatively with Idaho State Department of Agriculture to minimize elk-cattle interactions during winter feeding of cattle using haystacks, fenced cattle feeding areas, and hazing of elk from cattle wintering areas
Providing public education about the disease