April 2016

Bighorn Released into the Wild

In early April, Bighorn Institute released an adult ewe from its captive herd into the northern Santa Rosa Mountains. Prior to her release, this ewe was health tested and fitted with a radio-collar and eartag. The capture and release went well and the ewe seems to be adjusting to her new environment. She has been seen with other sheep and looks great (good body condition, alert, etc.) We have now released 127 bighorn sheep into the wild over the years and this ewe is the 100th bighorn born in the captive herd that was released into the wild. This released ewe must survive in the wild for at least 4 months to be considered a successful release so we will continue to track her daily, but are certainly pleased with her progress so far.