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FY 2012 budget bill a mixed bag for wild sheep
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Bighorn sheep conservation got a mixed bag in the year-end spending bill. On the downside, House and Senate appropriators stopped the U.S. Forest Service from making decisions or taking actions benefitting wild sheep restoration and enhancement if such action reduces the number of domestic sheep allowed to graze on select public land allotments. On the other hand, the new law gives state wildlife managers more say in bighorn conservation and recognizes that temporal and spatial separation should continue "unless or until there is no conflict with bighorn sheep management." Such separation is necessary for the survival of wild sheep, due to disease transmission from domestic sheep. More

Volunteers reintroduce sheep to old grazing grounds in Big Bend area
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The silhouettes of desert bighorn sheep can once again be seen on West Texas mountain ridges, thanks to a 50-year-old reintroduction program that is now bearing fruit. A group of nearly 60 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials and volunteers gathered on a private ranch north of Van Horn to begin a weeklong capture program. They plan to trap more than 100 sheep from the nearby Beach Mountains, where they are thriving, and relocate them to other areas in West Texas where they once roamed. Seven females, called ewes, captured recently were scheduled for release later in the day at Big Bend Ranch State Park near Presidio, Texas. More

Big horned sheep poachers in crosshairs of BC conservation officers
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Conservation officers are hunting one or more marksmen who've been blasting big horned sheep in British Columbia's rugged Interior during the off season. Five of the wild animals were gunned down recently in two separate shootings, their whole carcasses left behind to be scavenged by vulturine birds. Officers have not yet linked the kill sites, only two hours driving distance apart, but say the rare executions have all the hallmarks of someone playing a twisted game. More

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Sheep bridges also give humans safe passage
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Usually when animals and vehicles are mentioned in the same sentence, the ending to the story is not pretty. In this case, however, it is an uplifting tale about a unusual working relationship between the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Before the bridge opened a year ago, Highway 93 was a two-lane road that crossed Hoover Dam and then snaked up the canyon. Traffic crept along at a slow tick, and bighorn sheep only had to clear two lanes. More

2 Nebraska hunters bag their bighorn sheep
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A Waverly, Neb., man who won a statewide lottery for a permit has bagged his bighorn sheep. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says Tyson Ritz killed the 12.5-year-old bighorn ram recently in the Panhandle's Pine Ridge area. Ritz was one of nearly 1,800 applicants who paid $25 to enter a lottery for the bighorn permit. Revenue goes toward the state's bighorn management program. More

Wild Sheep Foundation Convention in Reno, Nev., Jan. 19-21
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The Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo, The Sheep Show, returns to Reno at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and the Silver Legacy Jan. 19-21. WSF is the largest conservation and mountain hunting convention and recently helped reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Virginia Mountain Range of Northern Nevada in cooperation with conservation partners Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. It's the first step in an effort to re-establish a population of Nevada's state animal in this range for the first time since the 1880's. More

Payette sheep decision delay drops to one year in final spending bill
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Domestic sheep ranchers only get a one year delay in actions designed to protect bighorn sheep on the Payette National Forest. The final Interior and Environment appropriations bill would forbid federal agencies from taking any action to protect bighorn sheep if it reduces the number of domestic sheep grazing on public lands. But it only lasts one year instead of five years. More

Survival gear: The SOG SH03 fire starter and knife sharpener
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A dull knife in the field can be more of a liability than you might imagine. As you push harder with a dull knife, think about the consequences if you slip and that extra force goes astray. You really need to keep your knives sharp. What if you needed a fire while you're out there too, and your normal fire-starting equipment is missing or broken? It's a good thing SOG has you covered with their SH03 Firestarter/Sharpener. The SH03 is a multipurpose tool that has a flat pad for sharpening regular blades; a ceramic rod for touching up serrated knives; and a ferrocerium rod for fire starting. More

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