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The Wild Sheep Way for Endangered Species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) turned 50 years old last year. The celebrations and condemnations mainly repeated the ESA chatter of the last 25 years: it’s great, it’s terrible, it works, it doesn’t. The more interesting thing is how ESA became part of the conversation about the Pittman-Robertson Act. The Pittman-Robertson Act (PR) turned 86 as ESA turned 50 and is a far bigger part of the Wild Sheep mission. PR is arguably the most powerful wildlife restoration program in the U.S. and an example of how ESA might improve.


Statement from WSF on cloning wild sheep

Statement from WSF's President & CEO, Gray N. Thornton, "As the world's preeminent wild sheep conservation organization with the finest most mission-driven network of chapters and affiliates, Wild Sheep Foundation is sickened by this abhorrent effort to corrupt one of God's finest and most regal creations, the wild sheep..."


Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation and Wild Sheep Foundation Applaud Passage of Idaho Open Records Law amendment

BOISE, ID., Idaho Governor Brad Little recently signed a bill that closed a harmful loophole in the state’s open records law. Previously, an unethical person could use the Open Records law to request location information on specific wildlife, and agency professionals had no choice but to offer up the information. This amendment to the existing law provides an exemption for disclosure of specific wildlife locations, including GPS collar data.


Women Hunt Goes Beyond Bonds

In October 2023, 12 women from throughout North America graduated from the Women Hunt® Program. After receiving expert-level instruction on everything from firearms to conservation at the FTW Ranch in Texas, they became the third class of the Wild Sheep Foundation’s (WSF) quickly advancing program.


Pain on the Path Forward for Horses and Burros

The latest attempt to manage feral horses and burros is failing despite a 2019 agreement for huge increases in the last four annual budgets. WSF joined the 2019 agreement.  We supported it as an honest attempt, providing we would withdraw support if it failed to work.


Wild Sheep Partners with Western Hunt Fest

The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) has joined as the title sponsor of Western Hunt Fest, a community of mountain game hunters committed to next-level preparation and the thrill of the chase.


Youth Outreach Shines at Sheep Show®

"Exciting and inspiring the next generation." That's the rallying cry for The Wild Sheep Foundation's (WSF) Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE). As part of WSF's Sheep Show® at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, this outreacH Impacted a record 2,745 school-aged children through hands-on wildlife educational experiences.


International Wild Sheep & Goat Conservation Moves Forward

Central Asia's epic mountains and valleys are some of the most biodiverse places in the world for caprinae. This is truly a special place, from massive ibex and unusual saiga antelope to regal markhor and multiple species of argali, the planet's largest wild sheep. And it is home to a growing mountain wildlife conservation movement aided by the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF).


WSF addresses Conservation Permits before Arizona Game & Fish Commission

Wild sheep are special, and so is the way we fund their conservation and restoration. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has recently questioned whether the auction of the special big game license tags fits the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.


Wildlife Crossings: Study Investigates Nebraska's Bighorn-Vehicle Collisions

Twenty-six Rock Mountain bighorn sheep have been documented road killed in western Nebraska since 2009. And 18 of them have died along a short stretch of Highway 71, most within the last three years. Those are significant losses when considering Nebraska's entire bighorn population is fewer than 225.


WSF Welcomes Two More Native American Tribes as Affiliates

At this past 2024 Sheep Show®, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) welcomed the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (NV) and Shoshone & Arapaho Fish & Game Department (WY) as their newest Affiliates.


Sheep Show® 2024 Inspires

There was something in the air at the 2024 Sheep Show. Conservation rose to a new level throughout the halls of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and at the Peppermill Resort & Casino. 

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