Mountain Minutes
June. 24, 2011

WSF participates in collaborative workshop with domestic sheep industry
Wild Sheep Foundation
Along with representatives from Wild Sheep Foundation chapters and affiliates from Alaska, British Columbia, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming, the Wild Sheep Foundation participated in Denver, Colo., in an American Sheep Industry Association workshop focusing on interaction of domestic sheep and goats with wild sheep on public and private lands across the western United States.More

Agency considers delisting bighorns
Cibola Beacon
In 1980, desert bighorn sheep were listed as an endangered species when the population was estimated at fewer than 70. Today, through management efforts including releases, selective predator control and support from numerous wildlife conservation groups, the population estimate is more than 565. This number exceeds delisting criteria as defined by the recovery plan for the species and desert bighorns are currently being reviewed as candidates for delisting.More

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks to auction horn, antlers
Do you want to own Montana wildlife without hunting for it? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will auction non-perishable wildlife parts at the FWP Region 2 office in Missoula on July 30. The proceeds go into the state FWP account. Items auctioned to the highest bidder include bighorn sheep horns and one full size sheep cape, deer and elk antlers and a few specialty items.More

Technique protested in sheep recovery efforts
The Fresno Bee
Wilderness supporters are worried about wildlife officials swooping down in helicopters and firing net guns at Sierra bighorn sheep as part of a restoration project in Sequoia National Park. The technique, which public agencies have used for many years, would help officials move the endangered sheep into park areas where the animals have disappeared over many decades, according to Sequoia's environmental study released recently.More

Hunting Casper Mountain under consideration
Casper Journal
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reviewing whether to allow deer hunting on parts of Casper Mountain which have been protected for nearly 70 years. Hunt Area 67 is the last of the remaining "preserves" which were reestablished in Wyoming in the 1930's, apparently in an effort to restore deer and animal populations decimated by over-hunting at the turn of the century, according to Game and Fish officials.More

Game warden pays penalty, fine for accidental sheep kill
Las Vegas Review-Journal
An off-duty Nevada game warden who accidentally shot one more desert bighorn sheep than his tag allowed paid a $300 civil penalty and a $95 fine in a Nye County court after the state's chief game warden enlisted the help of an independent agency to investigate the November mishap. Chief Game Warden Rob Buonamici discussed the case in telephone interviews after a Nevada Department of Wildlife employee blew the whistle on the department's handling of the case in emails the employee sent recently to wildlife commissioners and hunter advocates.More

Rifle ammo: Gentlemen, choose your bullets
Field & Stream
What with all the wonderful, virtually infallible, big-game bullets that are available even to the funky, the feeble and the futile, the argument still persists about whether a slug should stay in the critter or exit. The "stay in" crowd argues that bullets that do not go through and through transfer all their energy to the unfortunate beast and drop it quickly, while bullets that go whistling out the far side spend all their foot-pounds in the open air where it does no good.More

Fish Wildlife & Parks draws moose, sheep and goat tags
Great Falls Tribune
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks conducted its computerized drawing for moose, sheep and mountain goat hunting permits, and the results are posted online. Hunters who want to hunt any of those "big three" species had to apply by May 1. Hunting seasons for those trophy animals open Sept. 15.More

Biologist: Bighorn sheep, humans don't mix
Palm Dessert Patch
Hikers along trails in the mountain slopes that surround the Coachella Valley, Calif., may not see them, but Peninsular bighorn sheep are slowly increasing in numbers, according to biologists. The Palm Desert-based Bighorn Institute says there are as many as 65 of the endangered sheep in the northern Santa Rosa Mountains.More