Desert Bighorn Rams Transplanted From Mexico to New Mexico

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Red Rock Wildlife Area officials are hoping that the 10 desert bighorn sheep is what their herd needs. They brought the 10 in after months of quarantine, to give the gene pool of their existing herd a boost.

The desert bighorn sheep numbers have grown in New Mexico to about 565 in several mountain ranges, according to The Daily Journal. Mexico and New Mexico have been working together, Mexico received pronghorn antelope for the rams.

Department officials say they're excited to see years of collaboration and wildlife roundups come to fruition.


ndemiter's picture

what's the exchange rate on

what's the exchange rate on american antelope vs. mexican sheep?


but seriously, i'm glad that new mexico is concerned about the limitations of their gene pool, as i have been considering the viability of these populations for long term success as well. i once read that bighorn sheep populations in the americas were once in the millions. but today we are down to only several thousand. a combination of poor conservation and livestock transmitted diseases have robbed many sportsmen from pursuing some of the most famous species in the world. when you look at states with feral populations of sheep and goat species (texas, hawaii, new mexico) the populations are exploding. why is this not the case with the north american wild sheep?

i read this information from this thread initially at

i may post a thread about the new vaccine that researchers are testing on wild sheep. this is a huge step in the proliferation of the sheep species because. largely, it's endemic diseases and resperatory ailments that killed all of the wild sheep.

it will be great to keep an eye on this in the future, after all, think of the hunting we could have if the sheep came back from their influenza and the deer and elk came back from CWD?

hunter25's picture

I find it ironic that with

I find it ironic that with all the problems Mexico is having right now that they even have a game program going and are able to fund it. But since they do I hope these programs work out for both the state of New Mexico with the new sheep and for Mexico itself with the antelope they have aquired.