Bighorn Sheep or Mountain Lions
The Sierra Nevadas and Yosemite National Park in California are home to about 400 bighorn sheep. These large animals are one of the most endangered large mammals in the United States. They were placed on the endangered species list in 1999. California also protects mountain lions, which Californians voted to give special protection in 1990. This winter, however, state biologists had to scale back efforts to snare and collar suspected nuisance cougars after a complaint that even those not threatening sheep were being harmed.
Currently state biologists are undergoing a lamb count, and are curious how their scaled back efforts on tracking cougars will affect the bighorn sheep. In the state cougars that have been confirmed of killing bighorn sheep can be killed, however when the biologists snared and collared the cougars, there was public uproar that the biologists were harming cougars that were innocent. This winter new cougar protection was implemented, and it is expected that the bighorn sheep population will be affected by it. From SFGate.com.