WSF Mountain Minutes
Apr. 22, 2014

WSF Thinhorn Sheep Summit a success
With nearly 70 of the best and brightest convening in Richmond, British Columbia, an action plan for Dall's and Stone's sheep in Alaska, northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory was crafted by attendees at the first, multi-jurisdictional Thinhorn Sheep Summit. "With inspiration provided by WSF Past-Chairman and current WSF Conservation Committee Chair Jack Atcheson, Jr. of Butte, Mont., combined with organization led by WSF Conservation Director Kevin Hurley, the Wild Sheep Foundation hit a home run last week," Marc Hansen, WSF Chairman, stated.More

Hunters: US ban on elephant trophy imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe will backfire
The decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services to ban the importation of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe will only serve to fuel the poaching of elephants in those two countries, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa said. "American hunters contribute about 60 percent of all revenue generated through hunting in Tanzania and Zimbabwe and a ban on elephant trophy imports could lead to a closure of a number of hunting operators in those countries and a corresponding loss of income for those communities dependent on hunting for their survival," said Adri Kitshoff, chief executive.More

California Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation 12th Annual Fundraiser and Banquet
California Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
California Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation is proud to announce the 12th Annual CA WSF Annual Fundraiser and Banquet. Join us May 3, at the Marriott Rancho Cordova for an exciting evening to include numerous drawings, silent and live auctions. Register today to join us for an exciting evening of "Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain." Be sure to get your special drawing tickets — you do not need to be present to win. These two hunts will have winners drawn May 3.More

New world-record bighorn ram picked up in Alberta
Outdoor Life
A bighorn ram whose horns reportedly surpass the current world-record measurement has been found dead nearly a year after it disappeared from the grounds of the famous Cadomin Mine property in Alberta. The ram was officially scored at 209-1/8 inches net, with only 2/8 inches of deductions. That score exceeds the current world-record bighorn, also from Alberta, which scores 208-3/8. The Boone & Crockett Club announced the official score and indicated plans to convene a full panel to score the ram — a condition required before bestowing world-record status — in the coming weeks.More

Coachella Valley's bighorn sheep doing well
The Desert Sun
Too bad it wasn't a joke, but on April 1, The Desert Sun published a story of another round of counter-productive, time-consuming and money-wasting lawsuits by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. They sued the BLM back in 2001, followed up again in 2008 and apparently will do it again in 2014. The chief results of this harassment and bullying is to further lower morale and effectiveness of this cash-strapped and staff-short government agency, hampering it from doing its best work and ironically contributing little or nothing to the recovery of bighorn sheep.More

Remington Arms announces voluntary recall affecting Model 700 and Model 7 rifles
Outdoor News
Remington Arms Company, announced a voluntary recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro ("XMP") triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014. In a press release, Remington said that its senior engineers determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. In the interest of safety, Remington said, the products are being recalled.More

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep again roaming Great Western Divide
National Parks Traveler
It took the help of a helicopter, but Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are once again roaming the Great Western Divide that forms part of the border between Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks. It's been a century at least since bighorns called the Divide home, according to a park release. Some were returned there in late March as 10 ewes and four rams were translocated from land in the Inyo National Forest to the Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.More

Protecting bighorn sheep
The Argus
A recent Idaho court decision will keep the Payette National Forest closed to domestic sheep grazing. The closure is meant to stop the spread of ovid pneumonia, which is deadly to wild sheep but mostly harmless to domestic sheep. The Oregon Hunters Association praised the decision; President Fred Craig said bighorn sheep can cross the Snake River into Oregon, where there have been a large number of bighorn deaths due to the disease. The decision upholds the closure, which was implemented in 2010, despite the Idaho Wool Growers Association's attempts to get the decision overturned.More

No bighorns are known to have died in Catalina Mountains in past month
Arizona Daily Star
Bighorn sheep apparently have had their best month in the Catalina Mountains since 31 of the animals were transplanted to the range north of Tucson in November. After 16 of the sheep died in the first four months following the release, no additional deaths have been confirmed since March 16, state wildlife officials said recently. Meanwhile, five bighorn lambs have been born this year in the Catalinas — and all apparently were thriving when last observed by biologists.More

New world-record bighorn ram picked up in Alberta
Outdoor Life
A bighorn ram whose horns reportedly surpass the current world-record measurement has been found dead nearly a year after it disappeared from the grounds of the famous Cadomin Mine property in Alberta.More

Bighorn brouhaha
Outdoor News
There's an elephant in the room and it's not the standard 15,000-pound variety with 10-foot-long tusks.More

Studying the sheep of Whiskey Mountain
The Ranger
The sun rose on a 40-by-40-foot net suspended a dozen feet above a frosty slope on Torrey Rim as Dubois High School students Kurt Leseberg and Rowan Hawk sat in their pickup truck and watched it through the blowing snow.More

Agencies should help pay for bighorn fence
The Desert Sun
The Coachella Valley has an obligation to protect bighorn sheep and other endangered species that share our desert and mountains. Eight cities, Riverside County and several agencies made that commitment in 2008 when the Coachella Valley Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan was finalized. Desert Hot Springs is in the process of joining the 75-year plan to collect construction fees to acquire open space and protect 27 species.More

Increase in hunter numbers might be mirage
Tom Heberlein flipped his newspaper aside, sipped his coffee and said skeptically, "Someone needs to explain these higher hunter numbers rather than simply making happy dances about them." It was early October 2012. Heberlein — a rural sociologist who often studied hunters and hunting during a 30-plus-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison — was reading an article that said hunting participation increased 9 percent nationwide from 2006 to 2011. The article was quoting from the just released 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.More