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Grant-in Aid Update – Tri-State Test & Remove

January 31, 2023

This multi-jurisdictional adaptive management project builds on previous research and management experiments to use “test and remove” to clear M.ovi from ailing bighorn sheep populations ranging in size from 55 – 425 sheep in four areas over three years. The objective is to improve herd health at Lookout Mountain, Oregon; Lower Salmon River, Idaho; Lostine, Oregon and Yakima Canyon, Washington. At the same time, these actions will protect healthy populations in the Hells Canyon metapopulation from the spread of M.ovi from bighorn sheep in currently infected populations that are adjacent (Lostine, Lookout Mountain, and Lower Salmon).

With assistance from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, and the Pope & Young Club, WSF allocated Grant-in-Aid funds ($177,000) for contracted helicopter services for capturing ($107,000), contracting data management and analytical assistance ($20,000), and for providing outreach, including producing video content about this project ($50,000).

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