Mountain Minutes
Oct. 1, 2010

North Dakota bighorn sheep population is healthy
The Associated Press via The Jamestown Sun
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the state's bighorn sheep population remains strong despite two consecutive severe winters that reduced numbers. A July-August survey in western North Dakota showed 289 bighorns, down 20 from last year and 27 below 2008's record.More

Texting system set up to report violations
The Times Daily
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is going high tech in its efforts to catch poachers and other violators. A new service offered by the agency allows cell phone users to anonymously report hunting and fish law violations by texting the keyword GAMEWATCH to the number 847411. Alabama is one of three states using text technology to report poachers.More

Habitat gets lasting protection
Hi-Desert Star
A nonprofit closed escrow on 955 acres of a wildlife habitat on the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park in California. The Mojave Desert Land Trust's Quail Mountain Project will permanently provide habitat for the threatened desert tortoise and preserve wildlife corridors for bighorn sheep, badgers, mule deer, mountain lions and a multitude of bird species.More

Group believes 'Over The River' would hurt wildlife
Canon City Daily Record
There are no wildlife studies that address or document the impact from a temporary art installation, such as the "Over The River" project proposed by artists Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude. However, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has worked cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management to develop ways to either minimize or mitigate impacts that the project may have on wildlife who make the Arkansas River canyon their home. Several Colorado-based conservation organizations adamanently opposed to OTR believe it would cause unacceptable impacts to wildlife, especially the bighorn sheep.More

Rawlins, Wyo., man gets bighorn after 31 year wait
Rawlins Daily Times
Whether it was fate, luck, happenstance, skill or a combination of all four, Matt Schuele was in the Upper Platte River drainage area in Wyoming recently at about 7:45 a.m., and he wasn't alone. Schuele, a Rawlins, Wyo., resident, was with Bruce and Bill Romios of Romios Outfitters and TJ Murray and Sonny Jaramillo. He also had his rifle and a clean shot, which was important considering a potentially award-winning bighorn sheep was about 100 yards away.More

Pneumonia persists in Anaconda Bighorn Sheep
AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials report that pneumonia continues to persist in the Lost Creek (Anaconda) bighorn sheep population in west central Montana. The usually fatal respiratory disease was first detected in the herd on Aug. 20. FWP spent the rest of August and all of September monitoring the Lost Creek herd and killing diseased sheep in an effort to protect healthy animals from exposure.More

Alaskan wilderness exceeds wildest expectations
The Coloradoan
Dawn Wilson had high hopes for her trip to Alaska, including seeing one new animal species per day. The trip exceeded her wildest expectations. I have been talking about visiting Alaska for years. This summer, I finally took the plunge and booked the trip to see the amazing beauty of the largest state in the United States. Although the trip involved visiting several locations, I was most impressed with the magnitude and variety of wildlife in Denali National Park.'More

Cougar's roam is too close to home
The Vancouver Sun
For eight weeks, M56 moved relentlessly, guided by a primordial compass. He covered more than 100 miles and climbed from sea level to a mile high. He traversed saw-toothed mountains, navigated busy highways and furtively skirted suburban neighborhoods. The 20-month-old mountain lion, wearing a tracking collar affixed by University of California-Davis researchers, left his mother in the foothills of Orange County in early March and struck out on his own.More

Perks of the job
The Daily Sentinel
There are some unexpected upsides to being an orchardist, particularly if you're someone one who loves to hunt, such as Brant Harrison. You get plenty of exercise working outdoors, there's always something within reach that's edible, and you get time off for hunting season. Gee, which one do you think makes Brant smile the most?More