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Catalina Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction Project

 
 

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.


Project Goal

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

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Recent Events

  • Tenth and Eleventh Lamb Confirmed!
    On February 18th, 2015, an Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist confirmed the eleventh lamb born this season. The ewe, captured on the Tonto National Forest in November 2014, and her lamb were observed from a long distance using optics to minimize disturbance.

    On February 17th, 2015, an Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist confirmed the tenth lamb born this season. The ewe, captured on the Tonto National Forest in November 2014, and her newborn lamb were observed from a long distance using optics to minimize disturbance.

    We believe that there may be more lambs and we will be working to confirm this over the next few months. These additions are encouraging, and although lamb survivorship is generally low, we are optimistic that this will be beneficial in establishing a sustainable bighorn sheep herd in the Catalina Mountains. This is a good reminder for hikers and recreationists to stay on designated trails, maintain a good distance away from sheep, and to never take dogs into the Bighorn Sheep Management Area. The addition of lambs is critical to the establishment of the herd and their survival could be jeopardized by human-caused disturbance.
















    An ewe released in 2014 from the Plomosa
    Mountains with her lamb documented earlier
    this year.

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    Ewe captured in the Plomosa Mountains this
    past fall; she is expecting any day now.

    Video 1
    Video 2
    Video 3


    NEW VIDEO: Bighorn lambs & ewes in Santa Catalinas

    VIDEO: One of three new-born bighorn lambs in the Santa Catalinas.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/CatalinaBighorns.




Project Status Updates


Summary Table of Bighorn Sheep Translocation Efforts in Arizona
Click here to see a table of bighorn sheep translocation efforts in Arizona, showing repatriation areas, translocation years, number of bighorn sheep moved, and time elapsed until each population was considered established.

Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee

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