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Old 03-06-2014, 12:01 PM
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More AZ sheep found dead

Not sure how many people have followed this. In November 2013 AZ game & fish transplanted 31 desert bighorn sheep from Yuma to the Catalina mountains near Tucson. Four months later there are only 15 sheep left. The goal was to transplant 30 sheep for three years for a total cost of $600,000 and get the population around 100. The original sheep in this area all died off and they were hoping to reestablish the heard.

2 more bighorn sheep die in mountains near Tucson | azfamily.com Phoenix

I am all for the bighorn sheep and hope to draw a tag one day. I think trying to reestablish sheep in an area where hunting is off limits and where they have shown they can't survive due to human impact and too many predators is not the greatest of ideas. Just my two cents.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:26 PM
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Re: More AZ sheep found dead

AZGFD reported the majority of the deaths were from lion kill. Same problem with them on the Kofa range along with diminishing water. With 29 points it looks like the magic number is rising every year for a tag.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:09 PM
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Re: More AZ sheep found dead

Too many cats in that area .....
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:30 AM
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Re: More AZ sheep found dead

If they have lost 50% of the transplants in just 4 months, it tells me that they did not use too much thought in where they put them and it's a terrible waste of money and sheep! The cats must be really bad in that area if that is what has knocked them down that quick and their biologists should have known that from the get go and done some cat harvesting first!
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:16 PM
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Re: More AZ sheep found dead

I saw another comment from game and fish. They said just because of the large loss of sheep this project is not a failure.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:18 PM
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I saw another comment from game and fish. They said just because of the large loss of sheep this project is not a failure.

It will be when the other half are gone by the end of the year at that rate!
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:38 AM
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I saw another comment from game and fish. They said just because of the large loss of sheep this project is not a failure.
Typical of a gov. agency to respond like that. When you spend other peoples money, I guess nothing matters.
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