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    Only 26 of 150 left and they will likely be euthanized. It will take some time to recover that loss.

    https://www.ksl.com/article/46465791...ratory-disease
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    That’s too bad. I thought I heard that was possibly infecting Zion sheep over the summer too. But wouldn’t it make sense to allow the surviving individuals to persist , and possibly retain whatever genes allowed them to be less susceptible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullshot View Post
    That’s too bad. I thought I heard that was possibly infecting Zion sheep over the summer too. But wouldn’t it make sense to allow surviving the individuals to persost, and possibly retain whatever genes allowed them to be less susceptible?
    No because the still carry the bacteria, and the ewes are not born with any genetic disposition that protects them. The article didn't specify that it was pneumonia, but I would hazard it was. The bacteria Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae has over a dozen strains that cause the respiratory distress and eventual death. As of right now, the only SOP is to remove the entire herd and repopulate an area after it has laid fallow for a certain amount of years (4-7 if I recall right).

    FWIW, some sheep in Wyoming have shown a resistance/tolerance for the bug and have improving numbers despite having the M. ovi in their systems. How to use that to help the struggling herds remains to be seen.
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    Brutal news....
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    They need to get the top point holders in there and at least get some hunters through the system.

    These sheep issues really make me mad. I wish there was a fix so there could be more of them. Like walking uphill in quick sand.
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