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
On January 17, 2015, a Catalina Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction Project Volunteer and also an Advisory Committee member, captured photos of ewe ID #454 with a week old lamb. This lamb is the fourth new lamb observed this year. Ewe #454 was relocated to the Catalinas from the Plomosa Mountains in November 2014. 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.
VIDEO: One of three new-born bighorn lambs in the Santa Catalinas.
(Photos courtesy of Joe Sheehey)
Learn more at www.facebook.com/CatalinaBighorns.
Project Status Updates
|2014 Project Updates
|Jan 30, 2015
||Dec. 18 - 31, 2014
||Dec. 4 -17, 2014
|Nov. 13 - Dec. 3, 2014
||Jul. 21 - Aug. 3, 2014
||Mar. 31 - Apr. 13, 2014
|Oct. 27 - Nov. 12, 2014
||Jul. 7 - Jul. 20, 2014
||Mar. 17 - Mar. 30, 2014
|Oct. 13-26, 2014
||Jun. 23 - Jul. 7, 2014
||Feb. 17 - Mar. 2nd, 2014
|Sept. 29- Oct. 12, 2014
||Jun. 9 - Jun. 22, 2014
||Feb. 3 - Feb. 16, 2014
|Sept. 15-28, 2014
||May 26 - June 8, 2014
|| Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2014
|Sept. 1-14, 2014
||May 12 - May 25, 2014
||Jan. 6 - Jan. 19, 2014
|Aug. 17-31, 2014
||Apr. 28 - May 11, 2014
||Dec. 12 - Jan. 5, 2014
|Aug. 4-17, 2014
||Apr. 14 - Apr. 27, 2014
||Nov. 19 - Dec. 11, 2013
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
Visit the Committee’s website
- “Bighorn sheep project needs patience but moves in right direction,” an op-ed from the Arizona Daily Star, May 8, 2014, written by three members of the Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee (Randy Serraglio from the Center for Biological Diversity; Mike Quigley of The Wilderness Society; and Brian Dolan of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society)
- 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 from the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, Dec. 27, 2013
- Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee's op-ed column in the Arizona Daily Star, July 5, 2013
- Initial press release about the project, May 29, 2013
- View video of a desert bighorn sheep ewe in the Santa Catalina Mountains, observed by Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists.
- View video of a bighorn ram near ewes in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
- View meeting materials from the Catalina Bighorn Advisory Committee provided on Nov. 6, 2014 as a result of a public records request. The records include attendance lists, agendas, meeting minutes and informal personal notes from the meetings. View public records.
A special thank you to the project’s major funding partners
Join with such organizations as the Wild Sheep Foundation, Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, Safari Club International Foundation and the Arizona chapter of Safari Club International, as well as individuals like Nancy DeFeo, Roy Lowenstein, Brian Ham and Richard Zimmerman, by making a contribution to Catalina Bighorn Sheep Restoration at http://adbss.org/catalina_donation.html.