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WSF acknowledges bipartisan work in Congress on FY14 appropriations
WSF
The Wild Sheep Foundation acknowledges and thanks House and Senate members of the respective Appropriations Subcommittees for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies for their recent efforts at compromise on wild sheep conservation. The final FY14 funding bill for federal agencies emerged from House and Senate negotiations Jan. 13 and it directs collaboration among federal agencies. This avoids the unintended limitations or delays that earlier draft language would have imposed on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologists and range managers in analyzing and assessing where domestic sheep and goats are grazed on public land grazing allotments.
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350,000 reasons to kill a black rhino
WSF
A black rhino in Namibia is about to get shot; legally, of course. The permit was auctioned off for a not insignificant $350,000. The public outcry — including death threats — was reserved for an unsympathetic target: an anonymous American hunter. Equally predictably, the outcry is entirely wrong. Nobody batted an eyelid in 2012 when Namibia instituted a policy of permitting five black rhino hunts per year, in the hope of deriving some revenue from animals that are, for conservation reasons, surplus to requirements.
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State adds 13 bighorn sheep to Gore Canyon herd
The Denver Post
The population of a western wildlife icon got a boost recently. Bighorn sheep, the official Colorado state animal, once roamed the rugged slopes of Gore Canyon and hilly rangeland near Radium, but herds have seen a sharp decline statewide since the early 1900s. Wildlife officials say the animals faced competition with domestic animals brought by human settlers. Herds also took a hit from being over-hunted.
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Federal land closure changes bighorn sheep hunt for Laurel couple
Billings Gazette
When it was announced in early October that the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would be closed to the public because of a federal government shutdown, Mitch Heiken was in a panic. "We thought that we were screwed, basically," Heiken said. That's because his wife, Linda, had drawn a coveted either-sex bighorn sheep tag for Hunting District 622 — an area that roughly runs from the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge on the west to Timber Creek on the east along a portion of the north shore of Fort Peck Reservoir. The CMR refuge extends around the entire lake and includes most of the region's prime habitat for bighorn sheep. With the shutdown, hunters and other recreationists were told to stay out of the CMR.
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Arizona wildlife agency delays information on bighorns
Arizona Daily Star
State wildlife officials declined Jan. 17 to provide current information on a controversial bighorn sheep reintroduction in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. They said news reporters and the public will have to wait for biweekly updates to learn if more bighorn sheep have died in addition to the five deaths previously reported.
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Lobbying against a hobby: Disease keeps bighorn sheep at the edge
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
It pains biologist Tom Carlsen to remember the time he found people squatting on a secluded property in the Elkhorn Mountains in 2008. The squatters didn't bother Carlsen so much; it was their menagerie. Somehow, they managed to cart around 80 goats, a dozen sheep, a few cattle and llamas.
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After $102,000 sale, GF&P to auction another bighorn license
The Daily Review
For the second year in a row, South Dakota will allow the auction of one hunting license for a ram bighorn sheep. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved the 2014 bighorn season recently including the auction plan. No one spoke at the public hearing. Written comments were received earlier.
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State adds 13 bighorn sheep to Gore Canyon herd
The Denver Post
The population of a western wildlife icon got a boost recently. Bighorn sheep, the official Colorado state animal, once roamed the rugged slopes of Gore Canyon and hilly rangeland near Radium, but herds have seen a sharp decline statewide since the early 1900s.

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Nebraskan's pursuit of elk takes him to picturesque Montana
Omaha World-Herald
Darkness blanketed Mike Jansen and his guide as they began their trek up the side of the mountain. The elevation in the valley where they began their hike was 2,500 feet.

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Montana bighorn sheep find new home in Hell Canyon near Custer
KELO-TV
After a 12-hour overnight ride from north-central Montana, the sheep were anxious to get out of this trailer.

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Wildlife officials transplant bighorn sheep from Basalt to Gore Canyon
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The population of a western wildlife icon just got a boost along the Upper Colorado River. Bighorn sheep, the official Colorado state animal, once roamed the rugged slopes of Gore Canyon and hilly rangeland near Radium, Colo., but herds have seen a sharp decline statewide since the early 1900s. Wildlife officials say the animals faced competition with domestic animals brought by human settlers. Herds also took a hit from being over hunted.
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Restrictions in place for hikers during Bighorn Sheep breeding
KOLD-TV
Hikers using trails in Arizona's Catalina State Park should be aware of restrictions in place to protect Bighorn Sheep during lambing season. Many of the trails in Catalina State Park wind into forest land where the restrictions are in place. From Jan. 13 until the end of April, those using the trails are not allowed to wander off more than 400 feet from trails.
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