June 2021

Lambing Season Ends

It’s the end of June so that means it’s the end of lambing season for our local bighorn. Peninsular bighorn sheep usually give birth any time between January and June. It’s been a good lambing season for the northern and central Santa Rosa Mountains herds (from Rancho Mirage through La Quinta), but the San Jacinto herd saw several lamb deaths early on. That said, there are still a number of lambs alive in this Palm Springs group so we’ll hope they make it through summer. Speaking of summer, it’s going to be a hot one and there are sick lambs in the La Quinta herd, particularly around the golf courses. These sick lambs have upper respiratory illness and the extreme heat makes it even more difficult for them, but hopefully, they’ll pull through. (Pictured: A healthy male lamb).