Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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CO: Bighorn Sheep Research Funded by Sportsmen

DENVER – Colorado’s bighorn sheep are again benefitting from a
major donation that supports research, transplants and habitat
improvements.

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society presented the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife Commission with a $149,325 check, representing the
proceeds from the Society’s 2011 auctions and raffles of highly
sought-after bighorn sheep, mountain goat and pronghorn
licenses.

“The annual fundraising represents sportsmen’s dedication to
wildlife conservation and research through the Colorado special
license program,” said Robert Ong, President of the Rocky Mountain
Bighorn Society. Each year one Rocky Mountain bighorn license is
issued by auction and one license is issued to the winner of a
raffle that is open to anyone. “The bighorn sheep is Colorado’s
official mammal and these successful fundraising efforts have
raised more than $2 million since 1989 to help protect its heritage
and habitat.”

In 2010, auction and raffle funding was used for several projects
including: an assessment of bighorn populations and demographics in
the Pikes Peak herd, a study on lamb survival, monitoring of desert
bighorn sheep in western Colorado, and reestablishing Rocky
Mountain bighorn sheep in the northern Sangre de Cristo mountains
and desert bighorn sheep in the Middle Dolores River.

In 2011, auction and raffle funds are funding 11 bighorn sheep
projects including several prescribed burns conducted by the United
States Forest Service, vaccine research, and additional transplants
in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Dolores River.

While some states sell what are known as “Governor’s Tags”,
Colorado uses a system where wildlife conservation organizations
auction or raffle special licenses that allow the recipient to hunt
the species in any open hunting unit. Proceeds are then split, with
75 percent going to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to support
species management, research, and education efforts and 25 percent
staying with the conservation organization to fund conservation
projects and operations. A Project Advisory Committee reviews
proposals and makes recommendations on what projects to fund to the
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director. The Project Advisory
Committee is made up of representatives from each conservation
organization, the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

 

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