WSF Mountain Minutes
Jan. 28, 2014

Utah wild sheep relocated by helicopter, trailers
KSL-TV
After two days of tracking and netting, the DWR had captured 14 ewes, six rams and six lambs from the Zion Unit in southern Utah. Still, that's 26 fewer sheep from an overpopulated herd ripe for disease. The captured sheep will begin a new life in the Knock Eye Dome area in the South San Juan area.More

Video: Catching bighorn sheep with a helicopter and net gun
Field & Stream
The guy who does the sheep wrestling is called a mugger, and that's a pretty apt description of what he does to get the sheep hobbled, blindfolded and into a harness for aerial transportation to the livestock trailers that will ultimately take them on a 12-hour ride to South Dakota. It's hard to imagine what the sheep are thinking throughout this process, but at the end of the full video they're released healthily, if not happily, into their new home where they'll provide genetic diversity to established herds.More

Biologist manages goat hunting; discovers mystery goats
KCAW-FM
On a cloudless September day on Baranof Island Kevin White, a goat researcher from Juneau, and Phil Mooney, Sitka's wildlife management biologist are looking for mountain goats. When the helicopter hovers within 30 feet of the goat, White leans out of the open door, with one foot on the skid, and aims at a dirty spot on the goat's coat the size of a saucer — a natural bullseye of dirt on the otherwise brilliant white coat.More

US considers lifting hunting ban on grey wolves imported from Canada
Toronto Stars
It was a successful experiment in recovering an endangered species — too successful for some — and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now ponders lifting protections for transplanted Canadian grey wolves across the United States. Almost two decades ago, the wolves were relocated to Yellowstone National Park in an effort to return them to where the animals had been hunted to extinction.More

Texas Bighorn Society loses longtime board member
Lone Star Outdoor News
Patricia Jane Holloway was born June 11, 1938 in Ringold, Texas. She went to be with our Lord on Jan. 20. She was a dedicated wife, mother, nana and had a unwavering faith in God. She was a Life Member of Texas Bighorn Society where she served in numerous positions and on their Board of Directors since its inception. Her passion for restoring Desert Bighorn Sheep to Texas was never ending and was passed on to three more generations of Holloway's.More

8 of 31 bighorns released north of Tucson have died
Arizona Daily Star
Eight of the 31 bighorn sheep reintroduced to the Catalina Mountains have died, with seven being killed by mountain lions, according to a new report by the state Game and Fish Department. The report showed that three more bighorns have been found dead since the last report was issued by the agency. One of the eight bighorns died from a medical condition related to being captured.More

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and landowner team up to conserve 6,000 acres of Utah elk country
Ammo Land
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation successfully worked with a conservation-minded landowner and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to permanently protect 6,446 acres of elk habitat in northeast Utah. "We cannot give enough thanks to the Barber family and their partner, Carrus Land Systems, for putting their vision of land and wildlife conservation into action," said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation.More

US considers lifting hunting ban on grey wolves imported from Canada
Toronto Stars
It was a successful experiment in recovering an endangered species — too successful for some — and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now ponders lifting protections for transplanted Canadian grey wolves across the United States.More

350,000 reasons to kill a black rhino
WSF
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.More

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.More

$2 million wolf control proposed by Otter
Idaho Falls Post Register
State Sen. Jeff Siddoway may have been the happiest man in the Idaho House recently as Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter rolled out a proposal for $2 million in startup funds to control Idaho's wolf population. Controlling that population doesn't hit as close to home for many legislators as it does for the longtime Terreton Republican and sheep rancher.More

Murals along Highway 395 showcase Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep
Los Angeles Times
The scale of their cold, wind-whipped domain makes it difficult to even catch a glimpse of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, elusive super-climbers at home in California's steepest rock worlds. Jane Kim, 32, has found an unusual way to make these mountain acrobats with soft, rubbery feet and spiraling horns seen and admired.More