Current situation regarding the Kofa desert bighorn sheep population
- 2012 survey results estimate 428 bighorn sheep on the Kofa NWR, Jan. 7, 2013. [more]
- USFWS approves Final environmental Assessment: Limiting Mountain Lion Predation on Desert Bighorn Sheep on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, December 2009 [more]
- Read the latest update regarding management activities for the Kofa bighorn sheep herd, including water improvement, predation management and other conditions. [April 10, 2012 update]
- Learn about mountain lions, desert bighorn sheep and management issues from the Sept. 23, 2009 webinar. Nearly 200 people attend either in person or via webcast. This event is available for ondemand viewing by clicking link below. Additionally, the presentation is also available for viewing.
Watch Video Recording: Mountain Lion & Bighorn Sheep Seminar
View the presentations of the speakers from the seminar [pdf, 14mb]
Photo Credit = Todd Newport
Welcome to the Arizona
Game and Fish Department’s Kofa National
Wildlife Refuge wildlife management webpages. The
primary purpose of these webpages is to provide
information about the Department’s efforts
(in conjunction with its U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service partner) to restore and sustain the desert
bighorn sheep herd residing in the Kofa Mountains
The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
is the critical center of the Kofa Mountains Complex
bighorn population and represents both a unique
wildlife resource and a significant long-term
wildlife management challenge to which the Department
is committed for the long haul.
Wildlife are the birthright and property
of all of Arizona’s citizens. It is Arizona
Game and Fish Department’s mandate and responsibility
to actively manage that resource so as to ensure
future generations of Arizonans are able to enjoy
the full richness of the natural heritage with
which this state has been blessed.
Most of what you find here represents
the results of the coordinated efforts of the
Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
but the site also reflects the fact that the Department’s
responsibilities, and the complex herd dynamics
of the bighorn population, extend far beyond the
boundaries of the refuge.
It is our hope that those visiting
this site will find it an informative source of
current information and a useful repository of
reference materials specific to the Kofa. Equally,
it is our hope that you will help us populate
the site with photos, questions, and comments.
All Web sites are a work in progress, and this one
is no exception. It will become more useful the
more it is used and the more its users take the
time to critique and suggest.
We are the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
We are unabashed advocates for wildlife, the sportsmen
and women who cherish it, and those who simply
take pleasure in its appreciation. We see these
as mutually interdependent values and, while the
various wildlife interest groups and individuals
present differing perspectives, we are committed
to maintaining healthy wildlife populations and
building bridges between these values.