Wildlife Disease Information
Veterinary Services' Approach to Free Ranging Wildlife
Free ranging wildlife
Services aims to reduce the risks of disease transmission from
free ranging wildlife to animal agriculture. The translation
of this policy into programs and actions depends on: current science,
risks of transmission, potential economic consequences and support
from industry and the relevant agricultural and wildlife agencies.
Guidelines for Surveillance of Bovine Tuberculosis in Wildlife (pdf 5.02mb)
Cooperation with other Federal and State entities
to control transmission of disease from free ranging wildlife
to animal agriculture are carried out on a cooperative basis with
the respective wildlife agencies. Such cooperation allows
VS to contribute to overall wildlife and public health while focusing
on its program goals.
Alternative livestock -
captive bison and cervids
for the health of animal agriculture includes those species which
are farmed for purposes of commercial agricultural marketing.
Of particular importance are high risk diseases in alternative
species around which stable industries and associations have developed.
Exotic species - the entry of nonnative species
VS aims to reduce the disease risks posed to animal agriculture
by the intended or unintended entry of exotic species into the
United States. These same exotic species may also pose risks
to wildlife and public health.