Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are rallying around a pair of legislative resolutions opposing the U.S. Air Force's proposed expansion of a bombing training range they say would threaten...
23 sheep killed in likely wolf attack
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife officials say 23 sheep were killed in a probable wolf attack in southwestern Oregon.
A USDA Wildlife Services specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Bighorn sheep captured, tagged in Nebraska Panhandle
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 50 bighorn sheep in the Nebraska Panhandle have been outfitted with new tracking devices to help wildlife officials monitor their health and combat diseases.
Community in Old Saybrook rallies to rebuild burned farm
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — At 2:30 a.m. Dec. 30, Earl Endrich, Jr. awoke to his neighbor banging on his door. Across the street, Endrich's barn was on fire.
The barn he helped his father build in 1966 at age 12. The barn that held his equipment, tools, hay, four oxen, a donkey and five sheep. The center of his life and of his livelihood was engulfed in flames.
Lamb stolen from Big Island animal shelter
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A lamb named Loa was stolen from a Big Island animal shelter and another sheep injured in the theft had to be euthanized, officials said.
Hawaii Island Humane Society staff discovered the months-old lamb was missing from the Waimea shelter Monday, West Hawaii Today reported .
Bighorn sheep on Utah’s Antelope Island dying from disease
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Division of Wildlife Resources has found that a herd of bighorn sheep on Antelope Island has somehow contracted a devastating respiratory disease and is dying off.
About 150 animals were counted among the herd last year. But KSL-TV reports biologists on Wednesday flew over the island and found only 26 sheep left.
Grand Teton plan would trap or kill goats to help bighorns
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the millions of tourists who visit Grand Teton National Park every year, but park officials say it might be time for the agile, bearded animals to go.
Park officials announced Tuesday they're taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats.
Arizona Game and Fish restores bighorns to historic habitats
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's Game and Fish Department says it is restoring about 60 bighorn sheep to two historic habitats in the state.
Wildlife officials sample hunter kills looking for bacterium
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska hunters are helping the state assess the extent of a bacterium in game animals that could cause respiratory problems.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says hunters helped collect laboratory samples from more than 330 Dall sheep.
Hunters also provided specimens from 110 mountain goats, 100 caribou and 100 moose.
40 desert bighorn sheep released to the Sacramento Mountains
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials have released 40 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.
Bighorn sheep population thriving on range near Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — More hikers trekking through the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson have noticed the presence of the bighorn sheep, showing that an effort to reintroduce the animals is paying off, state wildlife officials said.
"Bighorn sheep have become a watchable wildlife opportunity in the Santa Catalinas," said Mark Hart, spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "Of course, you need keen eyesight or good optics, and a little bit of luck, to see them."
North Dakota cuts bighorn licenses again as disease persists
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is issuing only three bighorn sheep hunting licenses this year because the western Badlands population is still dealing with a deadly bacterial pneumonia outbreak.
Biologists counted 77 rams in a summer survey, which was 12 fewer than last year and 27 fewer than in 2016, according to big game management biologist Brett Wiedmann. They also counted only four yearling rams.
New Mexico bighorn sheep face relocation near Alamogordo
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials are hoping to relocate 40 to 60 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.
Herd on the street: Loose sheep corralled in Michigan
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say sheep running loose on a southeastern Michigan roadway have been safely captured and await a reunion with their owner.
Monroe County sheriff's officials said Friday the three sheep were found in Frenchtown Township last Saturday. They were taken to a nearby animal rescue and rehabilitation facility.
US approves sheep grazing research in grizzly bear area
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federally-run sheep experiment station in eastern Idaho long targeted by environmental groups will resume grazing sheep in the Centennial Mountains of Idaho and Montana next year.
The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station will open on 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of sheep station land and 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) of U.S. Forest Service land, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Have you herd? Moose, bighorn sheep pass on migration tips
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the best place to eat? Ask a local. Now scientists say that same insider knowledge shapes the springtime migrations of moose and bighorn sheep.
Animals learn from experienced members of the herd about where to find the best food, building sort of a cultural know-how that's passed through generations and improves over the course of decades, new research indicates.
New Mexico has a plan for re-establishing bighorn sheep
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife managers are considering a proposal to re-establish desert bighorn sheep in another mountain range in southern New Mexico.
The plan calls for translocating sheep in the Sacramento Mountains in the fall. The state Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the proposal and has scheduled a public meeting Sept. 19 in Alamogordo.
The agency says the species has been absent from the Sacramento Mountains for nearly a century.
New Nevada interstate features crossings to protect wildlife
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Four underpasses were built to protect wildlife from traffic and traffic from wildlife on a new stretch of Interstate 11 near Boulder City.
Group buys Idaho ranch to protect bighorn sheep habitat
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group bought a 4.5-square-mile (11.7-square-kilometer) ranch in Idaho with the purpose of protecting bighorn sheep.
Portland, Oregon-based Western Rivers Conservancy purchased the Ten Mile Creek Ranch near Lewiston last week, the Lewiston Tribune reported .
Ewe now have sheep in new program at Tuscaloosa school
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A Tuscaloosa school is welcoming several animals onto its campus this year as it launches a program for students interested in veterinary medicine.
About 25 students are enrolled in the new pre-veterinary science program at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy, The Tuscaloosa News reported .
Final plan for central Idaho wilderness area approved
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A final management plan is in place for one of three new central Idaho wilderness areas.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday signed the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Plan.
The plan covers 183 square miles (474 square kilometers) and is described by federal officials as a middle-ground plan when it comes to restrictions on human visitors and activities.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Visitors to Zion National Park in southern Utah are being asked to be on alert for something besides dramatic red rock vistas: Coughing bighorn sheep.
Excessive coughing is a symptom of pneumonia, which can be deadly to the animals, and wildlife officials are trying to determine how much the sickness has spread, said Zion spokeswoman Aly Baltrus. About 500 bighorn sheep in a herd of 800 from the area live on slick rock areas on the east side of the park, Baltrus said.
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is asking hunters to bring the heads of certain animals killed this season to state wildlife officials so the animals can be screened for respiratory pathogens.
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Two state parks in the Nebraska Panhandle will be offering special opportunities to view bighorn sheep this month.
Hikes will be held July 13 at Fort Robinson State Park west of Crawford and on July 14 at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit with environmental groups that prevents domestic sheep from grazing in eastern Idaho until a scientific study addressing how they might threaten bighorn sheep with deadly diseases is completed.
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A respiratory pathogen that scientists previously believed to be restricted to sheep and goats has been detected in moose and caribou in Alaska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah wildlife officials have approved a plan to let loose about 50 desert bighorn sheep this fall in a southern Utah mountain range despite concerns from woolgrowers who fear the plan could have negative effects on the domestic sheep they manage.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Federal mineral leasing has drastically increased under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but the former Montana congressman has set aside one swath of Wyoming for the good of bighorn sheep.
Zinke's office recently announced plans to renew a mineral withdrawal of 1,431 acres (579 hectares) of winter range used by the struggling Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Herd.
Officials kill, relocate bears on Rocky Mountain Front
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say a calf-killing grizzly bear near Bynum was killed and another was trapped and moved for attacking sheep outside Pendroy.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Monday that a 500-pound, 4-year-old male grizzly was captured on Friday after killing a calf on a ranch west of Bynum.
Wildlife officials decided to euthanize the bear after determining the same bear killed three other calves over a four-week period.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Deadly bacterial pneumonia among bighorn sheep in the North Dakota Badlands spread to three previously unaffected herds last year, resulting in the smallest estimated population in more than a decade.
State wildlife officials are still confident that this year's fall hunting season will be held, though possibly with fewer licenses.
Applications now open for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts
The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts runs April 1 through April 30 and applications can be made at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone, or apply online. Telephone applications may be made at 800-554-8685. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Applications will be accepted starting April 17 for the 2017 bighorn sheep permit lottery.
Only Nebraska residents are eligible to apply. The lottery allows the winner to hunt for a bighorn during the season that begins Nov. 27 and ends Dec. 22.
The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts runs April 1 through April 30 and applications can be made at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone, or apply online. Telephone applications may be made at (800) 554-8685. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.
SALT LAKE CITY — Depending on which unit a hunter has applied for, they might have a better chance at drawing a permit to hunt big game in Utah this fall.
The respiratory bacteria first confirmed to be infecting wild Alaska sheep and goats recently has now been found in additional animals.
Wild sheep, goats test positive for pathogen in Alaska
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that several wild sheep and goats tested positive for a pathogen that has caused respiratory disease in Lower 48 herds.
The implications of the pathogen, called M. ovi for short, aren't quite clear yet, but Alaska's sheep have stayed relatively clear of respiratory disease, officials said.
Hunters helping state control bighorn population at Rio Grande Gorge
TAOS — Over the past three weekends, a few hunters have had the opportunity of a lifetime along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge: the chance to harvest a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Should pack llamas and goats be banned in bighorn country? Advocates disagree
Llamas and goats are an increasingly popular means of packing into the backcountry, but one that a major conservation organization fears could threaten wildlife.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly all of the hunters who got bighorn sheep and moose licenses in North Dakota last year bagged an animal.
The state Game and Fish Department says hunter success during the 2017 season was 100 percent for bighorn sheep, 92 percent for moose and 56 percent for elk. Those rates were down slight from the previous year.
Game and Fish issued four bighorn sheep licenses and auctioned one. All five hunters harvested a bighorn ram.
A team of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees braved subzero temperatures and extreme winter weather to capture bighorn sheep south of Malta and transport the animals more than 500 miles to help improve a herd near Plains.
Ruth Wilson had to shear sheep for Dark River role
Ruth Wilson had to learn to shear a sheep for 'Dark River'.
The 36-year-old actress is starring as Alice in the upcoming British drama film by Clio Barnard, which also features Sean Bean and Mark Stanley, and for the role, Wilson had to learn how to master the special technique.
CUSTER STATE PARK — The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Park plans to capture 10-15 female bighorn sheep this week in Badlands National Park and release them into Custer State Park.
The state park currently has only 30 sheep after the herd was decimated by disease a little more than a decade ago.
CHADRON, Neb. – More than 50 bighorn sheep are carrying new equipment to help the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission track and aid their populations, some of which are struggling in areas of the state.
Nebraska bighorn sheep undergo yearly health inspections
MCGREW, Neb. (AP) — Several volunteers have spent two days assessing the health of Nebraska's bighorn sheep population.
The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that Nebraska Game and Parks staff members and volunteers created an inspection station Saturday in the Williams Gap Wildlife Management Area southwest of McGrew.
When sheep fly: Rocky Mountain bighorns in the Wildcat Hills took an unexpected helicopter ride Saturday for annual health inspections
MCGREW — A confused Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep paused momentarily to let her eyes adjust to the light, then bolted to her feet. After seeing humans in several directions, she scampered away uphill and headed to the familier safety of the pine-covered bluffs surrounding her.
Wisconsin farm sanctuary rescues variety of animals
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) — Wally the pig was likely living in the moment when he jumped from a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse that was going 70 mph on Interstate 90 near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Miraculously, the 9-month-old, 250-pound swine survived last spring's tumble and went unclaimed at a local humane society.
Record bighorn ram lived in Montana state park
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A bighorn ram that spent its life on Wild Horse Island State Park in Montana looks to be a world record bighorn sheep, the Boone & Crockett Club said.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the ram was measured at the club's headquarters in Missoula on Wednesday and scored 216 3/8 points, which would shatter the previous record by about 7 inches (nearly 18 centimeters).