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December 16th 2014
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November 5th 2014
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November 1st 2014
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September 10th 2014
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December 16th 2014
Cody, Wyoming, USA.  December 16, 2014 – After weeks of partisan wrangling and a high-pressure deadline to fund the federal government, the U.S. Congress passed the FY 2015 Omnibus spending package and the high-priority National Defense Authorization Act, to which was added many public lands and environmental riders.  For wild sheep advocates, several items in these massive new laws and in the behind-the-scenes negotiations demonstrate that WSF and its allies and partners are making progress toward better stewardship of bighorns, but there is more work to do.

Of most interest to the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) and its members, the FY 2015 Appropriations Bill contains language identical to last year’s Appropriations Bill urging federal agencies to collaborate on bighorn sheep research, stating:
 
 “The Forest Service is urged to...
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November 5th 2014
In a ballot initiative with national repercussions, Maine voters once again sent an unmistakable message to animal-rights extremists: stay out of our state.

For the second time in 10 years, Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative backed and bankrolled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Throughout the battle on Question 1, which would have banned the use of bait, dogs and traps when bear hunting, sportsmen and professional wildlife managers who opposed the initiative continually maintained a double-digit lead in the polls.

“This is a great victory for sportsmen. It shows that scientific wildlife management can withstand a direct attack from the well-funded anti-hunting movement,” said Evan Heusinkveld, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USSA) vice president of government affairs. “Despite pumping more than...
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Wild Sheep Foundation News
November 1st 2014

Montana’s bighorn sheep management program continues to hit roadblocks caused by disease, domestic sheep and a disappointed wildlife commission.

Generally speaking, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has been successful in helping bighorn sheep populations expand and increase across the state. The overall bighorn population has grown from an estimated 1,200 animals in 1950 to a current population of about 5,700.

This increase is largely attributed to the state’s aggressive trap-and-transplant program. According to John Vore, FWP’s game management bureau chief, between 1922 and 2012, the agency has trapped 2,717 sheep for transplants, herd augmentations or out-of-state relocation.

Over the last several years, however, the agency has encountered a number of challenges in finding suitable new habitat for the...

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September 10th 2014
Every day without a “beep beep beep beep beep” in his earphones is a good day for big game biologist Brett Wiedmann.
The beeps are a radio collar mortality signal and they mean yet another of the state’s prized bighorn sheep has died.
Starting Aug. 5, in what was a long deadly month, at least 20 of the animals have died of pneumonia in the northern Badlands habitat. Tests show the disease is from contact with domestic sheep. It is spreading among the several bighorn groups in what Wiedmann calls “the hub of the wheel” for bighorns.
As if the fatal disease weren’t bad enough, 14 of the dead were among a group of two dozen transplanted in February from a pristine location in the Alberta, Canada, Northern Rocky Mountain region.
Wiedmann, big game biologist with the state Game and Fish Department’s Dickinson office, said the...