Providing specimens from the field, hunters from around the state helped the department collect laboratory samples from more than 330 Dall sheep, 110 mountain goats, 100 caribou, and 100 moose, according to a release from the DF&G. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has expanded their efforts to learn more about Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, or “M.ovi,” thanks to statewide hunters. The department back in July asked hunters to provide the heads of any Dall’s sheep, mountain goat, or Delta bison harvested, as well as the heads of certain moose, caribou, and muskoxen populations so that samples could be taken. Director Bruce Dale: “Hunter cooperation is crucial to our efforts to learn more about M.ovi distribution and prevalence in multiple species statewide. We’re really still at a starting point, and the more we discover about M.ovi in Alaska the more we realize how much we have yet to learn.” Of the samples collected this fall from hunters, road kills, and department wildlife research projects, more than 800 have gone to the USDA Agricultural Research Services Laboratory with 375 of those having also been submitted to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington. Specific Dall’s sheep and mountain goat populations are the focus of multi-year monitoring to assess the impact of M. ovi, and the department is conducting research to improve future surveillance efforts. M.ovi, a bacterium that can cause respiratory diseases in big game animals such as Dall’s sheep. The samples will be analyzed and the department will provide updates as results are completed.