Desert Bighorn Sheep Reintroduced to Big Bend
Desert bighorn's once roamed western Texas but the last of them were gone in the 1960's. However with help of conservation efforts, this year marks the first year that bighorn's will walk west Texas again. The Statesman.com has a write up and pictures of a new effort to introduce 29 desert bighorn's to the Lone Star state.
Bighorn sheep, with their thick, gnarled gray horns, once roamed the rugged mountains of northern Mexico and far West Texas. Unregulated hunting and disease carried by domestic and exotic livestock obliterated their numbers. By 1960 they were gone. In recent years, though, they've made a comeback. And this week, 46 bighorns were relocated over two days from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Alpine to the Bofecillos Mountains along the Rio Grande at Big Bend Ranch State Park.