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pack llamas in wild sheep country

Wild Sheep Foundation promotes the banning of pack llamas on your public lands with false science

Wild Sheep Foundation: NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION VISION 2020 (page 4, and page 6)

This commentary below is a detailed response by the North American llama (alpaca) community for the benefit of the many private outdoorsmen, recreationalists, and businesses who hunt, fish, camp, and work on North American public lands and who will be impacted by any implementation of the recommendations made in the assessments and resource management plans. It is advocated by the Wild Sheep Foundation, and implemented by the Alaska Bureau of Land Management - Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan.

#3 - READ THE COMMENTARY HERE

UPDATED 04/17/18 - this Commentary #3 may evolve as additional information becomes available.

Stan Ebel-Comments to AK-BLM (2018)
Phil Nuechterlein-Comments to AK-BLM (2017)
Dr. Gregg Adams June 22nd, 2016 e-mail
FOREYT, W. J. 1994. Effects of controlled contact exposure between healthy bighorn sheep and llamas, domestic goats, mountain goats, cattle, domestic sheep, or mouflon sheep. Proceedings of the Biennial Symposium of the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council 9:7-14.
WSF-movi-Summary-Thinhorn Sheep Summit II- Dr. Tom Besser: Bighorn and Domestic Sheep Disease Research at WSU
Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen-Orf virus infection in Alaskan mountain goats, Dall’s sheep, muskoxen, caribou and Sitka black-tailed deer (2018)
Dr. Murray Folwler-Camelids Are Not Ruminants
Parallel Evolution
Classification of the Artiodactyla
The following are the summaries and meetings of the Wild Sheep Foundation outlining their promotion and planning to eliminate pack llamas on your public land
The Kevin and Janine Rinke Thinhorn Initiative-WSF’s 2014 Thinhorn Sheep Summit Action Plan Update -March 2015 Update Prepared by: Jeremy Ayotte (04/06/2015) and edited by Kevin Hurley (04/07/2015)
Thinhorn Sheep Summit II Synthesis-Summary 6-6-2017
The following document was submitted to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from the AK Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation. It includes one document by the AK-Wildlife Society proposing to ban llamas.
Disease Risk to Dall's sheep in Alaska - Executive Summary Posted by the Alaska Fish and Game Department from the Wild Sheep Foundation. Signed by Kevin Kehoe-President AK-Wild Sheep Foundation, Kevin Hurley-Wild Sheep Foundation, Dr. Perigrene Wolff, President American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
The following are links to scientifically unfounded documents, risk assesments, and non-profit position papers calling for the banning of pack llamas on your public land. It is promoted and supported by the Wild Sheep Foundation, The Alaska Wildlife Society, and the work of British Columbia wildlife veterinarian Dr. Helen Schwantje.
Communicable Disease Risks to Wildlife From Camelids in British Columbia -Helen Schwantje-DVM-2003
Examining the Risk of Disease Transmission between Wild Dall’s Sheep and Mountain Goats, Llamas in the Northwest Territories Garde, E., et al. 2005
REDUCING DISEASE RISK TO DALL’S SHEEP AND MOUNTAIN GOATS FROM DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK - POSITION STATEMENT (2013)THE ALASKA CHAPTER OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY (co-authored by Jim Herriges and Kevin Kehoe)
Alaska-The Wildlife Society sheep and llama disease letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-National Wildlife Refuge (President Jerry Hupp May 2013) Sent to Artic National Wildife Refuge, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Tetlin National Wildlfe Refuge
Articles of interest
Phil Nuechterlein's article submitted to the Outdoor Alaska-Alaska Outdoor Council (pg.6) - "Pack animals denied on BLM lands in the Eastern Interior RMP" - Spring 2018
"Study looks at why Montana's bighorn sheep are still plagued by die-offfs" Independent Record-Brett French-April 11th, 2018
"Wild Sheep Foundation caught in auction tag fray" Lewiston Tribune-Eric Barker- Nov. 12th, 2016
The Untimate Pursuit in Hunting:Sheep-New York Times-by John Branch
Private/administration
All 11 major special interest groups comments on EI-RMP
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