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Pneumonia outbreaks hit Northwest's wild bighorn sheep
OPB
Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains — a sort of lamb daycare. But that sweet, social behavior is spreading a deadly disease in several herds throughout the region. Just as lambs get a bit more adventurous and start to socialize, they are at greater risk for infection. In this case, it's strains of very contagious bacterial pneumonia. The respiratory disease is common in domestic sheep and goats, but doesn't usually kill those animals.
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Bighorn sheep viewing event to happen in Utah
Deseret News
A free wildlife viewing event June 14, will provide an opportunity to see bighorn sheep. From 6 p.m. to dusk, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will answer questions and suggest places in town to see the sheep. Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, said bighorn sheep are most visible in the evening.
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Adapting your hunt in windy conditions
By John McAdams
Sometimes conditions are just not in your favor during a hunt. You may have an ideal setup at a location that regularly draws large numbers of deer, but if the wind is blowing from the wrong direction, you are wasting your time at that location. In fact, you may actually be doing more harm than good by trying to push a bad situation. You cannot control the weather or the wind. At this point you basically have two choices: do nothing and go home unsuccessful, or change your strategy and try to make something happen.
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Born in the United States of British parents and educated in England, Barbara Marks began an art career in Jackson Hole Wyoming carving in antler and wood. She began her painting career in the Middle East and continues her art in all mediums of painting and carving in the Northwest. Giclee, prints and ceramic products are available with this image.
 


Yakima River Canyon's bighorn sheep fighting for survival
Yakima Herald via Union-Bulletin
Against the Yakima River Canyon's backdrop of rock promontories and steep scree slopes, two coyotes chased a bighorn lamb in a pursuit that was both high drama and inevitably brief. Once the lamb bolted from the relative safety of the high rocks in its frantic attempt to escape, it became easy prey for the swifter, longer-legged predators. But while its death is a reminder of the daily dangers facing wildlife, another far more prolific and efficient killer — pneumonia — is wiping out the youngest members of the bighorns that populate the canyon walls west of the Yakima River.
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Outdoor Life reviews and ranks the best new scopes, spotters and binoculars
Outdoor Life
This is the year of the riflescope. Optics companies have figured out that there's just not much they can do to improve a 10x42 binocular. Sure, they can add a laser rangefinder, or enhance the optical coatings or rubber armor. But when an open-hinge body or a softer eyecup passes for innovation, we have reached the latter days of progress.
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MSU, FWP collaborate on bighorn sheep project
The Prairie Star
Carson Butler and Jesse DeVoe once sat still as stones while bighorn sheep grazed within 20 feet of them for an hour. Another time, DeVoe watched a golden eagle screaming from the sky as though it planned to scare a bighorn lamb off a cliff. "It was an incredible way to spend three summers," said Butler, who was a technician on a Montana State University team gathering information about competition between bighorn sheep and mountain goats at the north edge of Yellowstone National Park for DeVoe's thesis research.
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Bighorn sheep spotted in Little Belt Mountains
Great Falls Tribune
Tom Van Tighem was driving along Highway 89 in the Monarch are of Montana when he saw a couple of animals along the road. He did a double take and realized they were bighorn sheep. "There were two bighorn sheep standing there," he said. Van Tighem has owned a cabin in the Monarch area since the 1970s and goes there frequently. "Never in my whole life have I seen a bighorn sheep up there," he said. He was so surprised he snapped a couple photos and took them to Graham Taylor, wildlife manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4.
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Yakima River Canyon's bighorn sheep fighting for survival
Yakima Herald via Union-Bulletin
Against the Yakima River Canyon’s backdrop of rock promontories and steep scree slopes, two coyotes chased a bighorn lamb in a pursuit that was both high drama and inevitably brief.

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Found: California's lost bighorn sheep
Indefinitely Wild
Hidden deep within the wilderness north of Los Angeles is rumored to be a lost herd of endangered bighorn sheep. Over Christmas, Wes Siler captured what is believed to be the first video of them.

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Rock Creek bighorns may hold key to sheep pneumonia problem
KPAX-TV
Researchers at Washington State University are hoping a handful of pregnant bighorn sheep from Rock Creek east of Missoula, Montana, may hold the key to solving disease that threatens to wipe out the iconic animals if it's not stopped.

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Baby boom: Bison calves, bighorn sheep lambs roaming Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington
Nisqually Valley News
It's spring. Birds are singing. The pathways and trails at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington are verdant with wonderful growth. And perhaps best of all, there are bison calves and bighorn sheep lambs in the meadows and forests of the Free-Roaming Area. A brand new zip line opened in the Zip Wild complex of zip line/challenge courses. The Aerial Runway is designed for people who want the speed and thrill of a 512-foot zip line but aren't ready for the more challenging — and higher off the ground — Adventure and Sensation courses.
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