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Bighorn Sheep

Wild sheep expert to talk in Cody on Dec. 4

Wild sheep expert to talk in Cody on Dec. 4

From an estimated 2 million prior to European settlement, bighorn sheep numbers in western North America fell to fewer than 25,000 animals by the mid-1950s.

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Staying in Montana

Staying in Montana

Fish and Wildlife commissioners voted to keep Missouri River Breaks bighorns in Montana during a Thursday conference call.

November 20, 2014 1:30 pmLoading…
Montana bighorn sheep to stay in state

Montana bighorn sheep to stay in state

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday authorized Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to transplant bighorn sheep from the Missouri River Breaks to the Highlands area near Butte and the Beartooth Game Range north of Helena. The vote came despite continued assertions from the agenc…

November 20, 2014 12:27 pmLoading…

Bighorn sheep decision to be decided in call

Montana's Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a conference call meeting on Thursday to follow up on recent proposals to translocate bighorn sheep.

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Commissioners want to keep wild sheep in Montana

Commissioners want to keep wild sheep in Montana

HELENA — Montana wildlife commissioners say they want to keep looking for suitable sites within the state to relocate bighorn sheep.

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Super bighorn

Super bighorn

Randall E. Johnston, left, of Evanston, Wyo., filled his bighorn sheep Super Tag on Oct. 28, assisted by his hunting guide and friend Josh Taylor. 

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Wyoming Super Tag hunter bags bighorn

Wyoming Super Tag hunter bags bighorn

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — After 17 days of searching the high country near Cody, Evanston resident Randall E. Johnston filled the bighorn sheep tag he won in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Super Tag raffle. 

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Flying bighorns

Flying bighorns

It has been difficult for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to find places in the state to re-establish bighorn sheep herds. Transplanting wild sheep, like these three that were captured on Wild Horse Island earlier this year, is one way to limit the growth of herds.

November 10, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
Bighorn sheep back on wildlife commission's agenda

Bighorn sheep back on wildlife commission's agenda

Armed with information on the state's bighorn sheep transplant program, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hoping to change the Fish and Wildlife Commission's mind about not agreeing to move 50 bighorns to South Dakota.

November 10, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
On the bighorns of a dilemma: Montana wild sheep plan draws fire

On the bighorns of a dilemma: Montana wild sheep plan draws fire

Repeatedly stifled in efforts to transplant bighorn sheep in new locations in Montana over the past few years, the state’s wildlife commission chairman said it may be time to rethink the state’s conservation strategy for the popular big game species.

October 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Flying bighorns

Flying bighorns

It has been difficult for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to find places in the state to re-establish bighorn sheep herds. Transplanting wild sheep, like these three that were captured on Wild Horse Island earlier this year, is one way to limit the growth of herds.

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A history of management

A history of management

Montana has a long history of transplanting bighorn sheep in state and out of state that dates back to 1922 and 1939, respectively. In this 1975 photo a bighorn sheep is placed in a crate on Wildhorse Island.

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Montana's bighorns

Montana's bighorns

Finding new places to put bighorn sheep to meet Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ conservation strategy has been stymied several times prompting consideration of reworking the plan.

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Lamb decline

Lamb decline

Bighorn sheep lamb numbers often fall after outbreaks of disease as the bacteria is passed on from ewes to new lambs.

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Plan draws fire

Plan draws fire

Montana’s bighorn sheep plan has come under fire after a few attempts to establish new herds. Fish, Wildlife and Parks has hit roadblocks caused by sickness in transplant herds, concerns by neighboring landowners and the nearby presence of domestic sheep that carry bacteria harmful to bighorn sheep.

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Montana's bighorns

Montana's bighorns

Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners were scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss in-state relocation sites for bighorn sheep.

October 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Wildlife commission rejects shipping sheep out of Montana

Wildlife commission rejects shipping sheep out of Montana

HELENA — Montana wildlife commissioners on Thursday rejected a proposal to move some bighorn sheep out of state, saying they would prefer the agency either find new locations here or transfer animals between existing herds.

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Montana considers out-of-state bighorn sheep moves

Montana considers out-of-state bighorn sheep moves

Montana wildlife officials want to be able to move bighorn sheep out of the state after running into trouble finding suitable places for the animals in the Treasure State.

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Lovely little lambs

Lovely little lambs

Jeff the Nature Guy shows off the two new Bighorn lambs born recently at ZooMontana.

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3 bighorns killed after mingling with domestic sheep on Mount Jumbo

3 bighorns killed after mingling with domestic sheep on Mount Jumbo

MISSOULA — Three wild bighorn sheep that mingled with domestic sheep on Mount Jumbo had to be killed Tuesday to prevent them from spreading disease to other wild bighorns.

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