Help Fund Bighorn Sheep Research
Bighorn sheep populations need our help. They are in trouble, and most herds have experienced population declines over the past several decades. Studies have shown that the highest mortality occurs on high precipitation years, and it is thought that wet conditions make crucial nutrients less available. Particularly selenium which is vital to sheep’s health.
Researchers with the Bighorn Restoration Group have initiated a project to determine how a high moisture year affects levels of nutrients, in particular selenium. They want to take advantage of our current wet year and do this study in the Wind River Range, but they need $50,000 for the project. The goal of the study is to increase lamb recruitment rates and increase bighorn sheep health and numbers.
This is a great conservation effort that is looking out for the bigger picture of the bighorn sheep! We have to find a reason why they are experiencing die-offs! We aren’t doing them any service by just simply “protecting” them, we must find solutions! Thank you for doing a study as so! I pray you receive all the funds to conduct it!” -Desarae Starck
The North American Packgoat Association has been embattled in a debate of whether or not packgoats pose a threat to sheep populations. The science seems to suggest that they do not. Regardless, NAPgA is supporting this study and has started a GoFundMe account to help fund it.
They have also offered to use their packgoats, time and resources to deliver selenium blocks to sheep country. If this interests you, listen to this podcast where Charlie Jennings talks about packgoats, bighorn sheep and disease. As hunters, we all want healthy populations of the animals we love to see and ultimately hunt. Please help if you can.