Wild Population Update
In January, bighorn are aged one year older so lambs are now considered yearlings and are included in the adult population estimate. Adult mortalities were low in both herds in 2015, but lamb recruitment differed between the northern Santa Rosa's and San Jacinto's with the San Jacinto herd having better lamb recruitment and an increase in numbers. The northern Santa Rosa Mountains herd near Rancho Mirage remains stable at approximately 80 adult bighorn and the San Jacinto Mountains herd near Palm Springs has increased and there are now 50 adult bighorn there. We look forward to seeing what 2016 brings for these bighorn herds.