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Domestic, Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena

The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.”

The symposium will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9 and the morning of Friday, Feb. 10 at the Radisson Colonial Inn in Helena.

The purpose of the symposium is to share information on the state of the domestic sheep industry in Montana, the state of Montana’s bighorn sheep, domestic and wild sheep interaction and management, and the current state of our collective knowledge about sheep diseases, including disease surveillance. Researchers, managers and producers from the western U.S. and Canada will share their knowledge through a series of presentations with a special focus on Montana’s sheep, both domestic and wild.

“We are excited about the opportunity for diverse interests to work collaboratively and lay a foundation for future sheep management in the state,” said John Vore, FWP’s game management bureau chief. “This is very timely for all of us to come together and share information in a non-confrontational, non-debate format.”

The symposium is open and free to the public. An agenda of the symposium will be available at fwp.mt.gov prior to the event.

For more information, contact Vore at 444-3940 or email him at jvore@mt.gov.