Comments are being sought on two measures directed at removing bighorn sheep from the Tendoy Mountains.
Comments sought on Tendoy bighorn proposals
A small band of bighorn sheep crosses Highway 89 north of Gardiner on Jan 12. Bighorns in other nearby herds have been hard hit by what appears to be an outbreak of pneumonia, killing about 30 sheep.
Some of the bighorns that have died in the Gardiner area likely would have made it into the trophy record books, according to regional wildlife biologist Karen Loveless.
About 30 bighorn sheep — roughly one-third of two herds that live in the Gardiner area — have died this winter, probably from an outbreak of pneumonia.
With disease limiting a southwestern Montana bighorn sheep herd’s viability, state wildlife officials are considering a new method to restore sheep populations in the area — allowing hunters to kill all of the existing bighorns.
A bighorn sheep herd infected with pneumonia would be eliminated by hunters under a proposal by Fish, Wildlife and Parks to restock the region with disease-free animals.
A bighorn sheep is prepared for relocation during a capture and release project on Tuesday in the Quake Lake area.
Fifty-two bighorn sheep from the Quake Lake area of the southern Madison Range were relocated to the Wolf Creek drainage south of Cameron on Tuesday.
While Habitat Biologist Aly Courtemanch holds a captured bighorn ewe, Wildlife Disease Specialist Hank Edwards prepares to draw a blood sample on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, outside Jackson, Wyo. Wyoming Game and Fish Department is acting as part of a multi-state effort to better understand what …
Ten bighorn sheep in the Gardiner area have died from an outbreak of pneumonia.
Ten bighorn sheep have died over the past two weeks following an outbreak of pneumonia in a herd that lives along the upper Yellowstone River near Gardiner.
Bighorn sheep were netted by helicopter then taken to a staging area for transport.
Wildlife biologist Sonja Smith draws blood for testing from a bighorn sheep.
Game warden Kyle Anderson, left, and wildlife biologist Jay Kolbe release a bighorn sheep with a radio collar.
State wildlife biologists have trapped and transplanted 21 bighorn sheep to the Sheep Creek drainage that flows into the Missouri River south of Great Falls.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees release a bighorn ewe in the Pioneer Mountains on Saturday.
On Saturday, crews from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released nine bighorn ewes into the eastern Pioneer Mountains as part of a herd augmentation effort approved by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission in November.
A bighorn sheep transplant proposed in Washington to aid an ailing herd is drawing some fire from those trying to protect the nursery herd at Hall Mountain.
METALINE FALLS, Wash. — A small but tenacious herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in northeastern Washington is being tapped once again to boost a struggling herd elsewhere in the state.
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