Mountain Goat Bacteria could Impact Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Department of Fish and Game said a strain of bacteria known to cause pneumonia in Dall mountain goats has been found in Alaska.

    Director of the Division of Wildlife Management, Bruce Dale confirmed the finding "In four Dall sheep taken by hunters during the hunting season. Also a couple of goats were were captured on the Kenai Peninsula."

    Dale said there is no cause for concern in the southeast region, "We haven't seen any evidence of disease caused by this bacteria here, in fact all of the animals tested were very healthy."

    Dale said the bacteria, known as Movi, has caused the deaths of goats in other states. He said they will continue to test herds aggressively and stay on top of the situation.

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