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Domestic Sheep Pathogen Deadly to Bighorn Sheep May Threaten Whitetail Deer, Bison, Moose, Caribou…and Cattle

6.15.18

Domestic Sheep Pathogen Deadly to Bighorn Sheep May Threaten Whitetail Deer, Bison, Moose, Caribou…and Cattle

The Bozeman, Montana-based Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is alarmed that claims by scientists linked to the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association have found that pathogens similar to Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (M.ovi) carried by domestic sheep and goats, and known to wildlife professionals across the western United States and Canada, as well as northern Mexico, as potentially deadly to North America’s iconic wild bighorn and thinhorn sheep, may now have crossed species lines to threaten other wildlife and cattle, as well.
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WSF Support of proposed BC Govt. Land Action Regulation Letter

6.8.18

WSF Support of proposed BC Govt. Land Action Regulation Letter

Dear Sean: 
 
On behalf of the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) and our undersigned Chapters and Affiliates, please accept this comment letter in support of the proposed Government Action Regulation (GAR) and Land Act Section 17 Orders, Specified Area #SA-6-292, and Land Act Section 17 Map reserve for protection of thinhorn sheep (Stone’s, Dall’s) from introduced diseases on Crown lands in northern British Columbia (BC). WSF and especially our BC affiliate (the Wild Sheep Society of BC) have been heavily engaged for years in ongoing efforts in the province to ensure adequate temporal and spatial separation between wild sheep and domestic sheep/goats.

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Utah Wildlife Board Approves Mineral Mountains Desert Bighorn Transplant

6.6.18

Utah Wildlife Board Approves Mineral Mountains Desert Bighorn Transplant

On May 31st, following five Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings around the state and more than two years of planning, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) proposal to transplant desert bighorn sheep into the Mineral Mountains of Beaver County, in an effort to repopulate historic bighorn range....
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