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Bighorn sheep may have adapted to mountain lions
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Although still a favorite snack for hungry mountain lions, bighorn sheep may have adapted to the presence of the predator, which may account for steadier herd population numbers on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. According to estimates by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, there are currently about 400 bighorn on the refuge, down from a high of about 800 in 2000. More

Identity of bear mauling victim released
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A 57-year-old Torrance, Calif., man has been identified as the victim of a bear attack in Yellowstone National Park. Brian Matayoshi, and his wife Marylyn, were hiking on the Wapiti Lake Trail, which is located off the South Rim Drive, south of Canyon Village and east of the park's Grand Loop Road. More

Wyoming Gov. Mead, top federal officials agree 'in principle' to wolf deal
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Wyoming and the federal government have reached "an agreement in principle" on a deal to remove the state's roughly 340 wolves from the endangered species list and put them under state control. Following a meeting at the Wyoming State Capitol, Gov. Matt Mead, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said they hoped to reach a deal by the end of the month and ratify it by the end of September. More

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Killing sick Montana bighorns may have helped herds
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Montana wildlife managers say a spring survey of bighorn sheep shows that past actions of killing sick bighorns in an effort to prevent a pneumonia outbreak from killing even more bighorns appears to have resulted in a higher survival rate for lambs. Mike Thompson of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells the Missoulian that in two herds where sick sheep were killed and removed the survival rate for lambs is about 30 percent. More

Bighorn sheep topic of next wildlife talk
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Montana's bighorn sheep will take center stage at the next "Living with Wildlife Series" set for July 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Montana Wild Outdoor Learning Center west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake State Park. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks biologist Tom Carlsen will be joined by professional photographer Tom McBride. McBride will share his photography of bighorn sheep and Carlsen will follow with a brief review of bighorn sheep history and a summary of the recently completed "Montana Bighorn Sheep Conservation Strategy." More

John Zent's brown bear adventure roundup
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Compared to the harsh foreign desert where Trijicon sights earn American soldiers' praise for ruggedness and fast target acquisition, taking one on an Alaska cruise should be easy duty, right? Well, not so fast. Coastal Alaska in springtime is indeed a wonderland for tourists, but if your cruise involves getting off the boat and mixing it up with giant brown bears, a hunter's equipment is bound to get some hard knocks. More

Martinez family's sheep dynasty imperiled
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His family business is the state's largest of its kind, and his every day can be a gantlet of federal scrutiny and state wildlife guidelines, permits and land-use restrictions. But as Nick Martinez navigates his three-quarter-ton Chevy over the rutted twists of a Forest Service road high on the westernmost flanks of Cleman Mountain in Washington, he's simply providing logistical support. "That," says Martinez with a laugh, "is a creative way of saying I run groceries." More

Bighorn sheep rebound in a California park
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The numbers of endangered bighorn sheep are rebounding at a nearby park, according to a recent census. Volunteers counted 329 Peninsular bighorn sheep in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California during the weekend, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The trend reinforces what the Palm Desert-based Bighorn Institute found last month. More

Forest Service launches 10-year habitat project on 45,600 acres
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The U.S. Forest Service announced plans for a widespread project to improve habitat for deer, elk and bighorn sheep, called the Aspen-Sopris Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project. "This project is the largest consolidated effort to improve wildlife habitat on the White River National Forest in recent memory," said White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams, who gave the project final approval. "It represents one of the most significant steps forward for wildlife habitat improvement in the greater Roaring Fork Valley." More

Taxidermy goes en vogue
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Taxidermy is no longer only ambiance for rural taverns. Now it is fashionable to have deer heads and zebra rugs in the snootiest ZIP codes — even if they don't want to know much about the dead game. From the ram above the fireplace at the Jane Hotel in New York City's West Village to taxidermy in the trendy Seven Grand nightspot in Los Angeles back to Freemans, a bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side, taxidermy is increasingly becoming popular décor for the denizens of concrete-and-steel jungles. More

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