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November 19th 2015
At the 38th annual general meeting of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) held in Polokwane yesterday, the majority of PHASA members present voted to distance the association from captive-bred lion hunting until such time as the South African Predators’ Association (SAPA) could prove the conservation value of this practice to both PHASA and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)....
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Wild Sheep Foundation News
November 16th 2015
This March, a large helicopter thrummed over the 13,000-foot-high pinnacles of Yosemite National Park’s Cathedral Range with an aluminum box dangling from a long cable. Inside the box were sheep—four Sierra Nevada bighorns waiting (patiently, in fact) to touch down in their new home, a rocky slope nubbled with glacial scree and lodgepole pines. “That’s the scariest part for me,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stephenson, whose eyes were locked on the transport helicopter from a second helicopter. “Watching that box hang, and making sure it gets there safely.”

Biologists and the conservation community have been working for decades to restore populations of this endangered paragon of the Sierra Nevada’s rugged wilderness. Translocations—the transfer of rams and ewes from healthy herds to vacant...
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Wild Sheep Foundation News
November 3rd 2015
Cody, Wyoming. Nov. 5, 2015. The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) recently met with members of Congress and federal wildlife agencies on solutions that create safe zones against the deadly pneumonia bacteria and viruses.  Wild sheep were infected by first contact with domestic and goats during European settlement of the western part of the nation.  New infections occur when wild and domestic sheep encounter each other in the wild.  Legacy infections resurface as die-offs in previously-infected wild sheep herds even without new contact with domestics.

“We’re losing hundreds of wild sheep to this disease every year and it is decimating herds across the west,” said WSF Director Kyle Meintzer. “For example, in 2013, 400 wild sheep in California were lost, and that’s 80 per cent of what was the largest herd in the state. This year, wildlife...
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Wild Sheep Foundation News
September 28th 2015
Cody, Wyoming, USA.  September 28, 2015 – Following a 32-year career with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP), the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is pleased to announce the addition of Kurt Alt of Bozeman, MT as a staff biologist; Alt will join WSF officially on October 1, 2015 to serve the Foundation in this new contract position. “Kurt brings a wealth of experience dealing with bighorn sheep and mountain goats over the past 35 years, along with significant management experience and public outreach on a host of other high-profile species including elk, moose, mule deer, grizzly bears, gray wolves, bald eagles, and others” stated Gray N. Thornton, WSF President and CEO. “We are thrilled to bring someone of Kurt’s talents and international network of contacts to serve our Foundation, our mission, and most importantly, wild sheep and...