This web page includes joint updates from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee on the Catalina Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction Project.
The goal of the project is to establish a self-sustaining population of bighorn sheep in the Catalina Mountains that coexists with resident predators without administrative intervention. Bighorn sheep are being reintroduced because the Catalina Mountains are a part of their historical range; the project is trying to restore them to a natural ecosystem that they were an important part of for thousands of years. As long as one of its key pieces—bighorn sheep--is missing, the ecosystem is in some ways incomplete.
Questions and Answers about the Project
Biologist observed another new lamb in the Catalina bighorn sheep population on April 2, 2014. This lamb brings the total to 5 for this year. In addition, biologist observed all of the known lambs and noted that they appeared healthy and are thriving.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, a project biologist observed a ewe (ID #55) with her newborn lamb (see photo at right). This new lamb is the fourth addition to the newly reintroduced Catalina bighorn sheep population.
See more photos and videos on Facebook.
Project Status Updates
Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee
Visit the Committee’s website
Forest Service updates bighorn sheep management area map; Restrictions remain in effect (Forest Service news release from Jan. 24, 2014)
Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles’ op-ed column in the Arizona Republic and on azcentral.com, Dec. 27, 2013
Advisory Committee's op-ed column in the Arizona Daily Star, July 5, 2013
Initial press release about the project, May 29, 2013
You can also learn more by visiting Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/azgafd#!/CatalinaBighorns