Why is there not more interest or money spent on disease prevention/vaccination for wild sheep? IMO, this is the only way to actually save the sheep. The band-aids provided by the various sheep foundations are just that... We're never going to get rid of domestics. Its getting to the point that there are so few sheep, that capturing and inoculating them may be a realistic endeavor.
See something like that I could get behind. I think a lot of guys would. I would donate bucks or time for something like that. If vaccinated would the population eventually develop immunity? If you vaccinate the pregnant ewe doesn't it pass on to the lamb, or not? It seems like as low as the wild sheep numbers are likely to get, that is the best option to turn the thing around. I could be wrong.Was just talking to the local Bio here who had a lamb collaring program the last few years. He think they could capture 90% of the lambs, given enough resources and good weather. They achieved just that a couple years running. Caught nearly every lamb they found. They had a bunch of collared ewes, which they caught all their lams each year, 3 years in a row. They caught something like 100 lambs over the course of a couple weeks each year. A team of 3-4 and a single helo... Its possible but will take a few more governors tags.
Catching 100 lambs in a couple of weeks isn't the same as catching the lambs from a population of 7,000 sheep, scattered across some of the roughest country in the lower 48. Not feasible. You could vaccinate on a small scale, but you're not going to save and grow sheep that way. It's no less a band-aid than trying to reduce the risk of contact on public lands.