2017-2018 Sheep Capture and Transplant Schedule – Revised

Capture Schedule for Utah DWR 2016-2017
Upcoming Capture Schedule from Utah DWR
September 19, 2017
2017 Success Photos
January 13, 2018

Wild Sheep Capture Schedule Utah 2017 - 2018

Included below is the updated schedule to help with capture and transplant opportunities in Utah.

Dec 12-14: Zion bighorn sheep transplant.  We plan to capture 50 bighorn sheep for transplant to the North San Juan
Unit.

UPDATE: The Zion Park Sheep transplant has been officially scheduled for Tuesday—Thursday, December 12th-14th of next week.  The staging area is just outside the East entrance of the Zion National Park.  The DWR is requesting volunteers arrive at 7:30 a.m.  Click Here for Google Earth Pin for the staging area.  If you have any questions or if you would like to attend, please contact Rusty Robinson of the Utah DWR @ (385) 368-1128

 

2018 Schedule – (Revised 1/2/2018)

Due to the mechanical issues, we have pushed the Antelope Island bighorn sheep capture back one day and should start at 8 am on Friday, January 5.  We have also decided to split this project into 2 parts with part 1 occurring on January 5 and part 2 scheduled for Sunday, January 14 immediately following the Newfoundland bighorn sheep capture.  The plan is to capture 15 sheep each day with the first 15 sheep going to the Oak Creek Mountains and the second 15 going to the Stansbury Mountains.  The revised schedule is below. 

 

2018 Capture Schedule

The capture schedule for 2018 is below.  Captures with a * are where we will be slinging animals back to a staging area for processing.  These are good options for public participation.

January 

*Jan 5: Antelope Island bighorn sheep capture.  We will be capturing 15 bighorn sheep rams from Antelope Island due to habitat concerns.  The sheep will be transplanted to the Oak Creek Mountains.  All sheep will be slung back for processing, and this will be a good opportunity to see and help process sheep.

Jan 6-7:  North Slope moose capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring approximately 30 moose (20 cows, 10 calves) on the North Slope Unit to better understand survival, cause of mortality, and movement patterns.  No moose will be slung back as part of this capture.

Jan 8: Flaming Gorge bighorn sheep disease testing.  No sheep will be slung back as part of this capture.

Jan 9-10:  Wasatch moose capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring approximately 30 moose (20 cows, 10 calves) on the Wasatch Unit to better understand survival, cause of mortality, and movement patterns.  No moose will be slung back as part of this capture.

*Jan 11-13: Newfoundland bighorn sheep capture.  We will be capturing 50 bighorn sheep from the Newfoundland Mountains to reduce densities on this herd and reestablish a population of bighorn sheep on the Stansbury Mountains.  All sheep will be slung back for processing, and this will be a good opportunity to see and help process sheep.

*Jan 14: Antelope Island bighorn sheep capture.  We will be capturing 15 bighorn sheep rams from Antelope Island due to habitat concerns.  The sheep will be transplanted to the Stansbury Mountains.  All sheep will be slung back for processing, and this will be a good opportunity to see and help process sheep.

Jan 15-17: Northern Utah elk capture part 1.  We will be capturing and collaring 90 elk in northern Utah, southeastern Idaho, and western Wyoming to better understand movements and interchange between states.  No elk will be slung back as part of this capture.

February

Feb 1-2: Northern Utah elk capture part 2.

Feb 3-6:  Wasatch Area elk capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring around 75 elk on the Wasatch and surrounding units to better understand elk migrations and movements between units.  No elk will be slung back as part of this capture.

Feb 7-8:  Book Cliffs bison capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring 30 bison to better understand movements.  No animals will be slung back for this capture project.

Feb 9-11:  SW Desert elk capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring 40 elk on the SW Desert to better understand interchange with Nevada and use of habitat treatments.  No elk will be slung back as part of this capture.

Late February / March 

For each deer capture, we will be capturing 20 doe deer to assess overall condition and rate of decline of fat reserves.  All does will be slung back for processing, and this will be a good opportunity to see and help process deer.

Feb 26-27: Book Cliffs elk capture.  We will be capturing and GPS collaring 40 elk on the Book Cliffs to better understand movements and migration patterns.  No elk will be slung back as part of this capture.

*Feb 28-March 1: Book Cliffs deer capture

*Mar 2-3: San Juan deer capture.

*Mar 4-5: Pine Valley deer capture.

*Mar 5-6: Monroe deer capture.

*Mar 7-8: Manti deer capture.

*Mar 9: South Slope deer capture.

*Mar 10-11: Cache deer capture.

*Mar 11-12: Oquirrh-Stansbury deer capture.

*Mar 13: Wasatch deer capture.