Wildlife-Livestock Disease Transmission in a Changing Climate
September 2014 - September 2018
- United States Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Geological Survey
The goal of this project is to develop a framework for understanding the ecology of elk-cattle commingling, particularly with regards to how annual forage conditions and weather patterns influence elk movement during the critical spring/summer brucellosis transmission period. Elk habitat use and cattle grazing regimes are largely determined by the changing distribution of high-quality forage throughout the year.