A North Dakota order imposed more than a year ago that required Montana cattle imports to test negative for brucellosis has been lifted in all but seven counties near Yellowstone National Park.

Federal officials lifted export restrictions on Montana's cattle industry in July after they declared the state free of the livestock disease.

North Dakota's Board of Animal Health issued an order Thursday to recognize Montana's brucellosis-free status except for cattle and bison from the counties near Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Beth Carlson, an assistant state veterinarian, said brucellosis is common among bison and elk in that area.

The seven counties still covered by the state restriction are Beaverhead, Carbon, Gallatin, Madison, Park, Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties.

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