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Bighorns in the Bridgers?
Bozeman Daily Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Montana state biologists might bring bighorn sheep back to the Bridger Mountains, a range the iconic animal hasn't trodden for generations. Any transplant of bighorns in the mountains north of Bozeman, Mont., would be years away and would come after environmental analysis and public input, but biologists are already exploring what a bighorn sheep population would look like and how it would affect other animals. More

Battle for bighorns
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A seven-year-old bighorn ram, radio collared as part of a study by biologists of the Nez Perce tribe, stood on a bluff overlooking rancher Mick Carlson's corrals one day in May 2009. His coat gray with age, the ram was no stranger to Carlson's ranch, which lies in the Salmon River Canyon east of Riggins, Idaho, on the edge of the Payette National Forest and a stretch of Bureau of Land Management grassland. The radio collar showed that the ram had visited Carlson's ranch frequently. He was a member of a native bighorn population that roams more than 25 miles up and down the Salmon River Canyon through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. More

5 bighorn rams euthanized by Oregon wildlife officials
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Oregon wildlife officials have euthanized five bighorn rams in northeastern Oregon. That's all the adult males in a herd that state wildlife biologists introduced along the John Day River last year. Officials were worried that the sheep had come into contact with domestic sheep on a ranch in the area. Wild sheep can catch diseases from their domestic counterparts. Biologists feared the rams would've spread illnesses to the rest of the herd. Ryan Torland is a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife based in John Day. More

Record $152,000 paid for desert bighorn ram permit
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A record auction amount for a desert bighorn ram permit in Texas was paid by a Texas hunter on July 9 at WildLife 2011, the annual convention of the Texas Wildlife Association. The record high bid of $152,000 for the opportunity to hunt one desert bighorn ram at the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County highlighted the TWA Grand Auction in San Antonio and exhilarated the 1,000 people in attendance. The previous record auction amount for a desert bighorn ram permit in Texas was $115,000. More

Montana man sentenced for videotaping bighorn sheep hunt without permit
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A Whitehall, Mont., man was sentenced to serve probation after being found guilty in a bench trial of videotaping hunting activities on public land without a permit. John Edward Lewton, 51, was sentenced to a term of one year of probation during a federal court session in Great Falls, Mont. As a special condition of his sentence, he was also banned from conducting commercial activity on any federal land in Montana for one year. More

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Bighorn sheep numbers climb in Anza-Borrego
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The annual July survey of bighorn sheep in California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park netted the second-largest count in 41 years, leaders said. Under the guidance of state parks officials, volunteers endured searing heat to tally 329 Peninsular bighorn sheep in the park during from July 1-3. The total was a huge jump from last year, when 255 sheep were spotted, but short of the record 356 sheep detected in 2009. More

Wolf hunt is best solution
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Finally — once again. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission recently set a quota and rules for the state's second-ever regulated wolf hunt. The state's first season occurred in 2009 after wolves were delisted, but the 2010 season was derailed by litigation from environmental groups. Well, "wildlife management by lawsuit" didn't sit well in Montana, and the state's congressional delegation took action in passing legislation that delisted wolves in Montana and Idaho with a provision that the legislation cannot be subject to judicial review — a first since the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. More

Bill would ban most rifle ammunition
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest legislation working its way through the California legislature would effectively ban rifle shooting and hunting in California by making the ammunition illegal. A careful reading of SB 124, authored by the vehemently anti-gun Kevin De Leon, is it would ban the sale of most rifle ammunition in California under clever loopholes written into the bill. The legislation says it's trying to update and redefine handgun ammunition that can penetrate bulletproof vests worn by law enforcement so bad guys can't legally possess this ammunition. More

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