Dear Utah Sportsmen,
We, at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, want you to know how much we appreciate your passion and commitment to wildlife conservation in Utah. Your time and money go to facilitate a lot of great projects on the ground for bighorn sheep, and we have more planned in the near future. This letter is to keep you in the loop of what’s going on in the state with regards to bighorn sheep management.
The last couple of years, we have set out to capture and test bighorns from every herd that we manage. To date, we have sampled ~80%. We hope that by identifying the presence or absence of pneumonia related pathogens and their specific strain types, we can responsibly transplant bighorns in the future to areas where they have the greatest chance at success. While we are testing for disease, we also place GPS collars on individuals which helps us respond quickly to mortalities and identify cause of death. It also helps us understand spatial movements.
This past winter, we captured and tested bighorn sheep from the following units:
This winter we plan to capture and test on the following units:
Most of these captures will involve the capture crew securing bighorns to a sling and flying them into a central staging area. You are more than welcome at these type of captures to help process animals. Capture dates are subject to change with little warning, but we will work with the Utah FNAWS social media presence to make sure you are all aware of dates, times, and locations. We would love to have you there.
We are planning the following transplants this winter:
Thanks again for all you do for Utah Wildlife. We hope to see you this capture season.
Rusty Robinson, Bighorn Sheep Biologist