This year’s lambing season won’t see the success of the past couple of years. In the northern Santa Rosa Mountains near Rancho Mirage, only a few lambs remain. Some of them showed signs of illness, but predation could have certainly played a role. The San Jacinto Mountains herd near Palm Springs looks more promising, but many lambs have also died in that group. They had not been showing signs of illness prior to disappearing. And as we’ve previously reported, the La Quinta herd has had significant lamb mortality this year. So, we’ll keep tracking the herds and see how things shape up by the end of the year. The good news is, the rut is on so there’s hope for the future!