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Biologists track bighorn sheep in northwest Nebraska as species fights to survive amid pneumonia scourge

from Omaha World-Herald

They could call it the Pine Ridge Rodeo. Eighteen times in recent weeks, a team of wildlife biologists dashed into the hills and canyons of northwest Nebraska in a race-the-clock campaign to capture newborn Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep to help the species survive an ongoing pneumonia scourge. The conservation cowboys swooped in on the wobbly legged lambs with nets — or desperation tackles — and quickly slid a sock with cut-out toe over the lambs’ heads to blindfold and calm the bighorn babies. more

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