Home » Greater Yellowstone »Jackson Hole »State of Wyoming »Teton County » Currently Reading:

WGF Traps, Tests Bighorn Sheep

sheep test

Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have once again been trapping big horn sheep in the Jackson Hole area to take blood samples and radio collar the ewes to track their movements between habitats.  Spokesman Mark Gocke explains that about half of the population had died off in 2002 but built back up again and then declined by about 30% again in 2012.  He says the tests will help biologists better understand these periodic struggles of the population. He says basically, the biologists are looking for pathogens that the sheep may have that might lead to pneumonia.  He says that’s what they typically see from time to time in bighorn sheep herds; not only here, but in the rest of Wyoming and actually across the west. Gocke says eight sheep were captured in this operation:  six on the east side of the National Elk Refuge and two in the Camp Creek area.  He says the sheep winter in a number of areas of the valley including Miller Butte on the refuge, up along the slope of Sleeping Indian, and others down near Camp Creek in Hoback Junction.  He says bighorn sheep are pretty hearty and can winter quite well even on wind-blown slopes.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Colder Today With Rain Showers And Mountain Snow - October 1, 2014
    A cold front and weather system will push through the state of Wyoming early today.  Scattered rain showers will be possible statewide across lower elevations, but the best chance will be in northern and southeastern Wyoming.  Rain showers could become heavy at times, especially in southeastern parts of the state in the afternoon and evening.  […]
  • Today’s a big day for hunters in Wyoming - October 1, 2014
    If you’re really serious about hunting, you’re probably not listening to this. Depending on where you are in the state, the sun’s either up already or sunrise isn’t far away. If you’re a die-hard hunter, you’re probably already hunkered down in a field waiting for the geese to come in, out in the timber trying […]
  • Not all bad news in judge’s decision to relist wolves - September 30, 2014
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down a ruling last week that removed wolves from Wyoming control and put them back under the protection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That ruling put an end to hunting wolves anywhere in the state, whether they’re in the trophy game area in the northwestern corner […]
  • The king of upland game birds is a worthy opponent - September 29, 2014
    Ruffed grouse hunters in the parts of the country where the birds are hunted heavily might flush 60 birds in one day, see six, get shots at four and come home with two. They consider that an average day. The birds are not easy to see, even when you know where they are. If you […]

National and World News

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin