Alright Nebraska and Bad Dakota, sounds like each of you guys will be getting sheep from my neck of the woods again this year. Each of you are scheduled to receive 20 sheep in the next couple weeks. No 190"+ rams, but the potential is there.
People who live there, wait there whole lives to draw a tag in Montana, and then the state gives them away?
Haven't NE and ND already gotten transplants?
And what are MT and it's residents getting out of the deal?
Doesn't make much sense to me...
The proposal is to move 15 ewes, 4 lambs and 1 young ram with each group. The sheep population is already at objectives and all potential habitat is being utilized. The number of ewe permits was increased in 2006. I do not know what MT is getting out of the deal, but just expanding healthy herds across the west is a great thing for sheep in general.
If a person wants a ewe tag, shouldn't be a problem to draw a tag within a couple years. As for rams, the translocations aren't going to impact those numbers.
Yes, both states have received sheep from two units in my area during the last two years.
Thank you kindly to mtmiller and the State of MT for the sheep, now if I could only get drawn for one of those once-in-a-lifetime tags all would be good in the world. Trouble is I am pretty sure I am going to have to be content having played guide for the wife's cousin when he shot his a number of years ago.
‘Abductions’ intended to help cure moose overpopulation in Utah
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:55 a.m. MT Jan 6, 2007
HUNTSVILLE, Utah - It was a rough day to be a moose.
Several were stalked by helicopter, captured with a net, blindfolded and then airlifted to trailers for a six-hour drive.
The moose woke up in Utah on Friday but were going to sleep in Colorado.
The strategy helps Utah cure a moose overpopulation while raising the number in Colorado. In return, Utah will get big horn sheep.
“I equate this to alien abduction. It’s got to be that traumatic,” said Dean Riggs, area wildlife manager with the Colorado Wildlife Division.
Wildlife officers hope to catch 25 moose through Saturday in northern Utah and transplant them to western Colorado.
Though Utah’s overall moose population of 4,100 is on target, there are about 400 too many about 40 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, said Justin Dolling, a wildlife manager with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Too many moose can mean a loss of habitat, which leads to weakened animals or ones wandering in populated areas trying to find food.
On Friday, wranglers in a helicopter shot nets over the moose. A person called a “mugger” tied the animals’ legs and put a blind over their eyes and cotton in their ears.
“I’ve never mugged a moose, but I guess they’re pretty wimpy once they’re on the ground,” Dolling said.
The moose were then released from the net and wrapped in a large canvas sack to be airlifted to a staging area where veterinarians examined them and gave them antibiotics.
The moose got radio collars and a quick exam to check for disease before crews of eight to 10 people put them into horse trailers.
As the trailers headed to Grand Mesa National Forest, east of Grand Junction, Colo., Riggs said his agency was baiting sheep to give to Utah.
About 20 sheep are expected to be released in the Rock Canyon and Mount Timpanogos areas in Utah County.
Such interstate swaps are common in the region.
“If it’s not moose or sheep, it’s fish and fish eggs,” Riggs said. “If all goes well, in a couple of months, we’ll be shipping sheep back.”