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Wild Sheep Foundation funds disease sampling workshop
WSF
Wildlife veterinarians, disease specialists and wild sheep managers from across western North America gathered in Fort Collins, Colorado, for two-and-a-half days last week to learn the latest wild sheep disease sampling techniques at a workshop sponsored by the Wild Sheep Foundation. Eighteen states, provinces and territories were represented during this multiday training session, held at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Foothills Wildlife Research Center.
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Commission approves hunting license sales for Tendoy bighorn sheep
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission approved the sale of over-the-counter bighorn sheep hunting licenses for the Tendoy Mountains as part of an effort to depopulate a chronically diseased herd.
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Long recovery for bighorn sheep after disease outbreaks
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Although bighorn sheep numbers in southwest Colorado are stable, the population isn't growing — and that has biologists worried. Catastrophic die-offs caused by respiratory illness in the 1990s and early 2000s decimated herds. In some areas, the numbers have stayed low, said Scott Wait, a senior biologist for the southwest region of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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New bighorn sheep herd thriving
Black Hills Pioneer
High on the steep slopes above Deadwood, South Dakota, two men working for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are gathering information on the habitat and vegetation in the area the state's newest bighorn sheep herd calls home.
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Military takeover of Nevada wildlife refuge angers conservationists
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Conservation groups are blasting a plan in Congress that could split Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas and hand half of it over to the U.S. Air Force. The change, tucked quietly into the House version of a massive defense authorization bill now in conference committee, would make land withdrawals permanent for the Nevada Test and Training Range and put the Department of Defense in charge of almost 850,000 acres currently managed by both the Pentagon and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Judge says he won't stop sheep grazing over wildlife worries
The Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
More than 2,000 domestic sheep can continue to graze on U.S. Forest Service land in Montana's Gravelly Mountains after a federal judge denied a request from wildlife advocates to halt the practice. The Gallatin Wildlife Association had argued in court that allowing the animals to continue grazing in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near the Idaho border threatened to harm federally protected grizzly bears and was blocking the return of wild bighorn sheep.
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All-online public hunt system drawing plenty of clicks
Houston Chronicle
Texas' popular public hunting draw-permit program began its second year as a wholly online operation, and hunters appear to have solidly embraced the new digital system through which they vie for some of more than 7,000 permits issued for a variety of hunting opportunities on 95 properties across the state.
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Yellowstone natural history: Bighorn sheep
Yellowstone Insider
Have you ever been driving through Yellowstone National Park when, all of a sudden, your way is blocked by bighorn sheep? Bighorn sheep are not an uncommon sight in Yellowstone National Park. Although they are not as abundant as bison or elk, they have established haunts year-round and are mainstays of the wildlife-watching scene, if you know where to look.
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