Dall Sheep in Talkeetna Mountains Test Positive for Deadly Foreign Pathogen - Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation Calls for Mandatory Disease Testing of Domestic Sheep and Goats
(Anchorage) - Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game released tragic news of the first positive tests for the foreign pathogen Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (M.ovi) in both wild sheep and goats in Alaska.
Deadly Pathogen Confirmed for First Time in Alaska Dall’s Sheep and Mountain Goats
The Bozeman, Mont.-based Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) was notified today by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) officials that Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (commonly referred to as M.ovi) has been documented in at least 4 Dall’s sheep and 2 mountain goats in Alaska; this represents the first time M.ovi bacteria has been found anywhere in free-ranging Dall’s or Stone’s sheep (also referred to as thinhorn sheep). M.ovi is not endemic to wild sheep or mountain goats in Alaska; transmission from domestic sheep and goats is the only source of this pathogen.
Bozeman-based Wild Sheep Foundation granted membership in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), world’s largest and most diverse environmental network