April 26, 1987
Sport hunters will bid at an auction later this year for a permit to bag the first bighorn sheep to be legally killed in California since 1873. The state Department of Fish and Game said it hopes to find a trophy hunter who will pay as much as $100,000 for the privilege of taking a legal shot at a bighorn. Department spokeswoman Peggy Blair said the California Bighorn Sheep Assn.
December 8, 1987 |
Intruders broke into the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and killed one of its two bighorn sheep, then severed the animal's head and a leg, officials said Monday. Chris Helms, a museum spokesman, said that the killing Sunday may have been part of a satanic ritual. The 6-year-old ram was owned by the state Department of Game and Fish, said Bill Rutan, a wildlife manager for that agency. The animal's carcass was found in the bighorn enclosure at the museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1988
Peninsular bighorn sheep are one of three bighorn sheep subspecies in California. They are found from Palm Springs to the tip of Baja California. The other two types of bighorn sheep are California bighorn, found in Sierra Nevada and Nelson's bighorn, found along the Colorado River, the Mojave Desert and the San Gabriel Mountains. There are 4,000 bighorn, of all three species, statewide .
April 25, 1993
Each spring, as the lambing season begins for the Nelson bighorn sheep, the state Department of Fish and Game, with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service and volunteers, counts the sheep for two days in the Angeles National Forest. But because of fog this year, fish and game officials say they were unable to make an accurate estimate for the first time in two decades.
April 21, 1999 |
The Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Sierra Nevada bighorn an endangered species Tuesday, a move that could lead to the shooting of mountain lions found to have preyed on the sheep. Only about 100 adult bighorns survive in the High Sierra wilderness, mostly around Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon national parks in California and along the Nevada line. "Time is running out for the Sierra bighorn," said John Wehausen, president of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation in Bishop, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Bighorn Help--The Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep is looking for volunteers to assist in the construction of environmental water storage and drinking devices in the federal California Desert Conservation Area boundaries. Dedicated to desert habitat improvement, the bighorn sheep society works in cooperation with the state Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologists.
September 24, 1997 |
The U.S. Forest Service placed Montana's Rocky Mountain Front off-limits to future oil and gas leasing, settling a bitter two-decade fight between energy interests and environmentalists over the 100-mile-long intersection of plains and mountains. The front, which extends from north of Helena to the southern tip of Glacier National Park, is home to threatened grizzly bears and big herds of elk, bighorn sheep and other mammals.
December 23, 2003 |
AFTER about 140 goats escaped from an Arizona ranch and crossed into the Ironwood Forest National Monument, bighorn sheep in that area started to go blind. State game and fish officials diagnosed the condition as pink eye, which causes blindness if not treated. The most common way the bacteria is transmitted is by flies. About 100 of the wayward goats were rounded up and almost all the rest were killed to protect the bighorn, the last sheep herd in the Tucson area. -- J. Michael Kennedy
July 9, 1991 |
Searchers were using helicopters and planes with tracking equipment in hopes of catching a radioactive goat before it could mingle with and possibly contaminate bighorn sheep. The sheep are on New Mexico's endangered species list. The animal, dubbed "The Atomic Goat," was one of 62 Angora goats fitted with radioactive isotopes in March in an effort to track them and study hunting patterns of coyotes that killed any of them.