Bighorn sheep

Montana sportsmen’s groups helping shed light on little-known bighorn herd

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HAMILTON, Mont. — No one knows much about the isolated bighorn sheep herd that calls the area around Painted Rocks Reservoir home. That’s about to change. With the help of two sportsmen’s organizations, Montana Fish and Wildlife biologist Rebecca Mowry has been working this winter to capture and GPS collar eight of the animals. With the help…

No record-setter, but another nice Nebraska bighorn

Jack Nemeth and his son, Riley, with the big ram. (NGPC photo)CRAWFORD, Neb. — Nebraska’s limited bighorn sheep season wrapped up recently when the second of two permit holders harvested a ram near Fort Robinson State Park’s Cheyenne Buttes. Jack Nemeth of nearby Chadron, who won the permit by lottery, said he was not looking for the “biggest, baddest ram”…

Lawsuit: Eastern Idaho sheep grazing threatens bighorns

BOISE, Idaho — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep by allowing University of Idaho domestic sheep on two eastern Idaho grazing allotments as part of agricultural research activities. Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians in the 18-page lawsuit filed Tuesday contend the grazing through permits issued to the U.S. Department…