Local Population Update - Spring 2017
Two of the three local herds have increased in number from Palm Springs to La Quinta. There are now approximately 70 adult bighorn in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs with 16 lambs surviving from last year. In the northern Santa Rosa Mountains there are now around 80 adult bighorn with 13 lambs surviving. Both of these herds have increased, but the central Santa Rosa herd near La Quinta is down slightly, according to the recent helicopter survey. There are now approximately 119 adult bighorn there and at least 10 lambs survived from last year. The last survey, from 2010, estimated 133 adult bighorn in this herd.