WSF Mountain Minutes
Apr. 16, 2013

Bighorn sheep from Canada thrive in western Nebraska
Omaha World-Herald
Laura Woodrum notes behavior and a lot more detailed information weekly about Nebraska's most famous wildlife immigrants — a half-million sand hill cranes are mere passersby each spring — as she monitors three herds of wild bighorn sheep in northwest Nebraska. Her oversight includes the animals that were captured in Canada and relocated there last year.More

Western North Dakota bighorn sheep population healthy
The Associated Press via Inforum
The bighorn sheep population in North Dakota has increased to its second-highest level on record, but hunting licenses still will not increase in the near future. The state Game and Fish Department's annual March sheep survey in the Badlands found 297 bighorns, up 5 percent from last year. The count does not include about 30 bighorns in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is under federal management.More

Join the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society for our 38th annual banquet in Parker, Colo.
Wild Sheep Foundation
Join the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society for our 38th annual banquet in Parker Colo., on April 20 at the Wildlife Experience. Enjoy such items as our Life Member Breakfast, seminars by Dr. James "Red" Duke and Mahlon T. "Butch" White, auctions and raffles, IMAX theater presentations, access to the amazing exhibits, annual membership meeting and of course a seated dinner.More

If you are wild about sheep don't be the one left behind
California Wild Sheep Foundation
If you are wild about sheep don't be the one left behind. We are coming down to the wire on registration for the April 27 fundraiser. With all the good things we are offering and all the great things we do for the sheep from the revenue we make — you just have to be there.More

Oregon FNAWS Annual Banquet and Fundraiser
Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep
The 2013 Annual Banquet and Fundraiser will be April 20 at the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro, Ore. Come enjoy great food, great prizes and great company and help us put the sheep and goats on the Mountain.More

Zion National Park reports disease among its bighorn sheep
The Salt Lake Tribune
The popular bighorn sheep of Zion National Park, Utah, have come down with symptoms of a disease that wildlife officials expect will be fatal to some infected lambs. Park officials say sore mouth disease is common in wild and domestic sheep and goats. It is a virus similar to chickenpox and is also transmittable to people through direct contact with infected animals.More

Gravity-defying bighorn sheep
Our Amazing Planet
Bighorn sheep can climb slopes that would make Spider-Man shake his head. The image doesn't seem possible, but it's no joke for these climbing pros; it's just another day on the mountain. Bighorn sheep get their name from their big, curved horns on the males, which are called rams. But it's their climbing skills that turn heads. Bighorn sheep aren't as agile as mountain goats, but they are well-equipped for climbing the steep terrain that their predators can't.More

Zion National Park reports disease among its bighorn sheep
The Salt Lake Tribune
The popular bighorn sheep of Zion National Park have come down with symptoms of a disease that wildlife officials expect will be fatal to some infected lambs. Park officials say sore mouth disease is common in wild and domestic sheep and goats.More

The '40 percent' myth
National Review
Gun control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number. President Barack Obama used it recently, claiming: "as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check."More

Quick tips on backcountry meat care
By Marc S. Smith
As hunters and conservationists, we should put meat care at the top of our priority list. Unfortunately for those not properly geared up and prepared, that's not always the case.More

Turkey hunter encounters grizzly east of Kalispell, Mont.
Outdoor Hub
A turkey hunter encountered a grizzly bear adult and two grizzly yearlings recently in the area of the Creston National Fish Hatchery east of Kalispell, Mont. The hunter was walking along, and spotted a deer carcass. He heard something and looked up to see a grizzly charging him at close range. The hunter fired his shotgun at the grizzly from about 10 yards away; he was uncertain whether or not his shot hit the grizzly. The adult grizzly and what appeared to be two yearlings ran away to the east of the fish hatchery area.More

Sen. Lee: Backgound checks could allow Holder to create gun registry
CVS News
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, took to the Senate floor and warned that universal background checks could lead to a national registry system for guns. "Some of the proposals, like for example — universal background checks — would allow the federal government to surveil law-abiding citizens who exercise their Constitutional rights. One of the provisions we expect to see in the bill based on what we saw in the Judiciary Committee — on which I sit — would allow the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder to promulgate regulations that could lead to a national registry system for guns. Something my constituents in Utah are very concerned about, and understandably so," said Sen. Lee.More