Dozens of Bighorn sheep relocated to Tucson-area mountains
This Nov. 2013 photo released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows desert bighorn sheep captured near Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada await their release in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah. Forty-nine bighorn sheep have been moved from Nevada to Utah under a joint effort by wildlife officials in the two states.
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:01 am
TUCSON — Dozens of bighorn sheep have a new home in southern Arizona but how they'll adjust to it is an open question.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department on Monday released 31 bighorns in Catalina State Park. More releases are planned in future years.
The hope is that the animals captured in the Kofa Mountains northeast of Yuma will settle into a new life in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.
Bighorns had roamed the Catalinas until the 1990s. It's not known for certain what caused that herd to die off.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:01 am.