WSF Mountain Minutes
Feb. 18, 2014

Keeping kids interested in the outdoors
OutdoorHub
Derrek Sigler, writes for OutdoorHub: "As both an outdoorsman and a parent, I want my kids to experience the outdoors and love it as much as I do. My kids love to do things outside, but they are young and there are so many distractions for them. Saying that kids like video games is almost cliché, but it's true, and now tablet computers have all kinds of easy games for kids. How can the outdoors compete?"More

Bighorn sheep survey needs volunteers in San Gabriel Mountains
KCET-TV
Want to hike in some of California's most beautiful mountains and make an important contribution to conservation science at the same time? The agencies behind the 35th annual desert bighorn sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains can use your help the first weekend in March.More

Madison wild sheep transplant delayed
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
The first wild sheep transplant to receive Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approval in recent years is now on hold. FWP has delayed a plan to transplant bighorn sheep from the south end of the Madison Range to the Wolf Creek drainage farther north after biologists confirmed three wild sheep deaths caused by pneumonia.More

The search is on for bighorn sheep at Garden of the Gods
The Gazette
Nothing's guaranteed, but the Garden of the Gods can be one of the best places to spot Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. "You never really know if you'll see them," says Bret Tennis, parks operations administrator for Garden of the Gods. The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was officially designated as the state animal of The Centennial State in 1961. More

Zion National Park and UDWR to manage bighorn sheep
KCSG-TV
Zion National Park, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, proposes to perform management actions on desert bighorn sheep within the Park. Desert bighorn, a native species, were previously extirpated and reintroduced to the Park in 1973, and have grown to a herd size of more than 500 animals within their habitat on and off of Zion National Park, according to UDWR bighorn program manager Dustin Schaible. More

Hoof rot might mean fewer elk hunting permits in certain areas
The Daily News
Researchers haven't pinpointed the cause of hoof rot in elk, but the Department of Fish and Wildlife is nevertheless proposing something some hunters have called for because of the disease: decreasing the number of hunting permits in areas where the limping elk live. WDFW biologists have proposed granting more than 400 fewer hunting permits for antlerless elk in Southwest Washington for seasons this fall, a suggestion the Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss in March.More

2 bighorn lambs spotted in Santa Catalina Mountains
Arizona Daily Star
Two apparently healthy lambs have been born to bighorn sheep that were released in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson last November, state wildlife officials reported. The lambs were sighted by a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, who took photos of one of the lambs with its mother.More

2 bighorn lambs spotted in Santa Catalina Mountains
Arizona Daily Star
Two apparently healthy lambs have been born to bighorn sheep that were released in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson last November, state wildlife officials reported.More

Wyoming man's trophy display shows passion for hunting
Casper Star Tribune
It's called the trophy room, and it sits on the west side of the longtime west Laramie business, The Boardwalk.More

Hello kitty: More black wildcat reports surface
East County Magazine
Assistant Border Patrol Chief Rosario "Pete" Vasquez told ECM, "I saw one on Mountain Laguna, maybe 20 years ago.More

2014 big game seasons are set, ewe hunt makes debut
Reno Gazette Journal
The Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners created the state's first bighorn sheep ewe hunts at its most recent meeting, as a tool to assist in disease and density management of the growing species. In the past, sheep hunts have been limited to rams. "The Nevada Department of Wildlife has done a remarkable job in establishing, maintaining and growing bighorn sheep populations," said Mike Cox, NDOW big game biologist.More