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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....
Secretary Zinke Proposes 20 Year Mineral Withdrawal Renewal for Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Winter Range
Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter Range supports one of the largest wintering herds of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in North America and draws thousands of people annually. For nearly 50 years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Forest Service have coordinated the management and enhancement of bighorn sheep and their habitat on Whiskey Mountain. The proposed extension will withdraw 1,431 acres of Federal land from location or entry under the U.S. mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws. Public land order 7434 established this withdrawal in 2000 and will expire unless the mineral withdraw is extended. The public land order that established this withdrawal in 2000 will expire unless the mineral withdrawal is extended.
Deadly Pathogen Confirmed for First Time in Alaska Dall’s Sheep and Mountain Goats
The Bozeman, Mont.-based Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) was notified today by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) officials that Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (commonly referred to as M.ovi) has been documented in at least 4 Dall’s sheep and 2 mountain goats in Alaska; this represents the first time M.ovi bacteria has been found anywhere in free-ranging Dall’s or Stone’s sheep (also referred to as thinhorn sheep). M.ovi is not endemic to wild sheep or mountain goats in Alaska; transmission from domestic sheep and goats is the only source of this pathogen.