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Youth event part of Wild Sheep Show Expo Jan. 18-20, 2024

The Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE), as part of the Sheep Show Convention and Sporting Expo, is free for families Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Many volunteers and several organizations from around the U.S. designed the event to inspire kids from elementary through high school to learn more about what the outdoors has to offer.


Wild Sheep and The Desert National Wildlife Refuge

The Wild Sheep Foundation welcomed today a new step toward long-term security for desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law over the holiday advanced two important issues in the conservation of this southern Nevada landscape.


Leading Brands Sponsoring SHEEP SHOW®

Today, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is recognizing their industry partners sponsoring the Foundation's annual SHEEP SHOW® Convention and Expo. The event will be held in Reno, NV, from January 18 to January 20, 2024.


Pneumonia and Bighorn Sheep Test and Remove Fact Sheet

Fatal respiratory disease (pneumonia) and its effects on populations is a primary management concern in most jurisdictions with bighorn sheep. Decades of research have identified Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (M.ovi), a bacterium that damages the cells lining the respiratory tract, as a “trigger” that allows other bacteria to invade the lungs, causing pneumonia. To understand M.ovi infection dynamics, researchers repeatedly tested free-ranging and captive bighorn ewes from infected herds and found that some always, or almost always, tested positive for M.ovi.


WSF Policy: Films and Video Standards

One of the many things the Wild Sheep Foundation prides itself on, especially at our annual Sheep Show® Convention, is celebrating the treasured animals we hunt, our freedom to do so, and the outdoor lifestyle, memories, and contributions to conservation this freedom provides.


Gray N. Thornton Q2 Address

After the close of our 2022-23 fiscal year, WSF president & CEO Gray N. Thornton shares a few new milestones and a look into the future for the Foundation and our wild sheep resources.


US Fish & Wildlife Service Update on Argali Permitting and Other Range Country Species

The Wild Sheep Foundation and our industry partners Dallas Safari Club, Conservation Force, Grand Slam Club/Ovis, Houston Safari, and Safari Club International, were brought together with leaders of the US Fish & Wildlife Service by the Congressional Sportsman Foundation in late July for a round table discussion on our collective concerns on permit denials and delays which could negatively impact more the $1 Billion legal and sustainable wildlife trade from range countries to the USA.


WSF Directing $7.815 Million for Wild Sheep

For its fiscal year 2023-24, the Wild Sheep Foundation's (WSF) will direct a record $7.815 Million for wild sheep conservation, management, and advocacy. On August 31, WSF’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a record $1.6 Million in Grant-In-Aid funding requested through its chapter and affiliate network for wild sheep conservation and management projects.


Update: Bighorn Sheep Restoration into Tendoy Mountains

Lamb survival appeared to be greatly improved in the second year. In the Summer of 2022, a total of 14 lambs were documented. All of these lambs survived to be recruited as yearlings in Spring of 2023, suggesting 100% lamb survival.



WSF is acting as the tax-deductible fiduciary in this community-driven fund-raising effort to help the Town of Vail purchase a 23-acre parcel of crucial bighorn winter range to keep it from being developed for housing. This acreage will be combined with another 123 acres owned by the Town of Vail and ultimately protected in perpetuity via a conservation easement.


Moving Forward in Mongolia and Kazakhstan

Mongolia, where thoughts of wild places, wild things, and of course, Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) can dwell in our imaginations.

Mongolia is the 19th largest country in the world, with one of the least dense populations, about 3.5 million people. They have approximately 90 million livestock, including sheep, goats, cattle, yaks, horses, and camels. Argali has two recognized subspecies: Altai Argali (Ovis ammon ammon) and Gobi Argali (Ovis ammon darwini). A third, Khangai Argali (Ovis ammon darwini), is non-taxonomic based on horn size and distribution and is intermediate between Altai and Gogi Argali (CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World, Gerhard R Damm, and Nicolás Franco). The Altai Argali is considered the largest wild sheep in the world!


Socorro BLM Field Office Guzzlers Los Ojos Wildlife Water Disturbed Area Rehab & Erosion Control

The Polvadera Mountains of south-central New Mexico are on BLM-managed public lands, ~9 miles north of Socorro. During the spring 2023 construction of the Los Ojos guzzler/water system, the work site was unavoidably disturbed and needed to be reclaimed.

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