Montana Considers New Bighorn Herd
According to the Missoulian, the Montana FWP is thinking about introducing a new herd of bighorns into the Bitterroot. While the plans are not complete, the introduction will depend on whether domesticated sheep will be allowed into the Warm Springs drainage.
"It's a very big drainage with a small elk and mule deer population," said FWP Bitterroot biologist Craig Jourdonnais. "It also has a lot of good sheep habitat that doesn't have any sheep." Currently, there are herds of bighorn sheep on both sides of the Warm Springs drainage in the east and west forks of the Bitterroot. "Locals tell me they see sheep in Warm Springs occasionally, but they're not there all the time," Jourdonnais said.