All told, the three adult mountain lions – which either swam to the island or accessed its shores via ice-bridge during recent winters – appear to have killed some 70 of the vulnerable bighorns before
“It’s likely there are more bighorns today than before North Dakota’s statehood in 1889.” But will the all-time record count mean more hunting licenses?
Hunting could begin in about five or six years, when the first rams will reach about 8 years old. Bighorn tags are highly coveted – a record 16,935 people applied for the six North Dakota
The ram, with a gross score of 170-2/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale, was a trophy caliber sheep.
This year, a record of nearly 17,000 people applied for licenses, with six licenses allocated for upcoming season.
“It is a success story what the agency has done here, We’ve brought back a population to where we can now have a season again. That’s pretty remarkable.”
It continues to kill off entire herds statewide.
Butting heads over bighorns: It’s economic interests vs. wildlife – again – in Colorado high country
Worker housing weighed against impact on bighorns near Vail.
Game and Fish Department biologists counted 283 bighorns in a population survey that began last fall and was completed in March to see how many lambs survived the winter. The total number is up 7%