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“We formed the Bighorn Sheep Disease Research Consortium in 2009 to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the puzzle of bighorn pneumonia. Pneumonia has been killing bighorn sheep since settlers first brought domestic sheep to graze in bighorn habitat. Although the link between bighorn sheep pneumonia and domestic sheep is well known, little headway has been made in controlling, or even understanding, this disease. The Consortium brings together specialists from many fields to share their expertise: disease ecologists, microbiologists, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, parasitologists, modelers, landscape ecologists, and science communicators. The Consortium members work at a variety of institutions, and each person brings unique insight to the challenges of understanding this complex disease.”

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