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Mission & History
Updated: 3:54pm September 4th, 2013
  • WSF MISSION
    Vision
    To be the best managed, most respected and most influential conservation organization in the world, for the benefit of all Stakeholders and Wild Sheep Worldwide.

    Purpose
    To Put and Keep Sheep on the Mountain™

    Mission
    We are dedicated to enhancing wild sheep populations, promoting professional wildlife management, educating the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter and all stakeholders.

    Values
    Honesty
    Teamwork
    Accountability
    Integrity
    Positive Attitude
    Stewardship
    Respect for others
    Respect for wildlife
    Loyalty
    Hunting Ethics


    Putting & Keeping Sheep on the Mountain since 1977

  • WSF HISTORY
    The FNAWS tradition began on a November weekend at Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, in 1974. Thirteen wild sheep enthusiasts passed the time by sharing stories about their encounters with the majestic mountain creatures. After realizing how fortunate they were to have all shared such incredible experiences, they decided it was time to give something back. They formed FNAWS so men and women everywhere could get more involved in the positive management of wild sheep. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Iowa on September 14, 1977, and began accepting paid memberships in 1978 as more people joined the cause. The commitment and noble spirit of FNAWS quickly helped the foundation become the fastest-growing wildlife conservation organization of its kind.

  • NORTH AMERICAN BIGHORN

    SHEEP DISTRIBUTION - 1850


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  • NORTH AMERICAN BIGHORN

    SHEEP DISTRIBUTION - 1960


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  • NORTH AMERICAN BIGHORN

    SHEEP DISTRIBUTION - 2012


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    In his classic monograph “The Bighorn Sheep in the United States, Its Past, Present, and Future”, Helmut K. Buechner included a map (circa 1850) depicting approximate bighorn sheep distribution prior to European settlement of the West. Using diverse published and unpublished sources, WSF staff modified Buechner’s map to include historic bighorn sheep distribution in Canada and Mexico. Buechner also included a map (circa 1960) showing much-reduced bighorn distribution; WSF staff again modified Buechner’s 1960 map to reflect extant bighorn sheep distribution in Canada and Mexico. In 2012, the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) Wild Sheep Working Group, using more refined GIS mapping applications, carefully mapped current distribution of bighorn sheep in the same 14 western states that Buechner had mapped, plus added the state of Texas. WSF staff again added current bighorn distribution for Canada and Mexico to the WAFWA 2012 map, to portray current North American-wide bighorn sheep distribution.
     
    Bighorn distribution was dramatically reduced between 1850 – 1960, but through collaborative efforts between conservation organizations such as the Wild Sheep Foundation and our network of Chapters and Affiliates, state and provincial fish and game departments, public and Crown land-management agencies, private landowners, and other supporters, North American bighorn distribution has greatly increased over the past ~60 years. Commensurate with increased distribution, in that six-decade time period, North American bighorn sheep population estimates have more than tripled from fewer than 25,000 to currently more than 80,000.

  • Combined North American Bighorn Sheep Distribution Maps

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