Sheep Numbers Down Along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
Looks like more bad news for the bighorn herds in Montana. KRTV.com reports that initial bighorn sheep population counts along the Rocky Mountain front have shown a significant decline this year.
“Sheep numbers appear to be down about 35 percent compared to the last three years,” wildlife biologist Brent Lonner of MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks noted. “The most striking decline is lambs. Out of 386 sheep that I was able to classify I only counted 11 lambs.” “Unfortunately, given my observations thus far and pending more looks throughout the winter and again during the spring sheep surveys,” he commented, “I’m more likely to strongly consider reducing most sheep licenses – ewe and either-sex – at least to some degree. We’ll see.”