CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming has finished five years of trapping elk in western Wyoming and testing the animals for the disease brucellosis.

Brucellosis can spread to cattle, causing cows to abort their calves.

The test-and-slaguhter program to try to control brucellosis has involved three elk feedgrounds in the Pinedale area.

On Feb. 8, 277 elk were trapped at the Muddy Creek and Scab Creek feedgrounds. Of those, 108 were adult females that were tested. Thirteen tested positive and were killed.

Elk also were trapped at the same feedgrounds in January. For the year, 536 elk were trapped, including 239 cow elk that were tested and 34 which tested positive and were killed.

The program cost $1.1 million over its first four years.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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