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6 bighorn sheep euthanized this summer

from The Durango Herald

Management practices for bighorn sheep in Colorado have been called into question after a spike in euthanizations this summer in the high country of the San Juan Mountains. In 2009, the state adopted a protocol that mandates any wild bighorns that come into contact with domestic sheep herds must be euthanized. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the state agency in charge of wildlife management, renewed the measure in 2014. The justification, the division argues, is that bighorn sheep can bring back to its herd a bacteria that can be transmitted during mating. In the spring, newborn lambs can be infected with pneumonia-type symptoms, causing die-off. Cattle and other livestock do not carry the same threats. more


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