Bighorn Returns to Greenhorn Mountains?

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking comment through November 30 on a tentative proposal to reintroduce bighorn sheep into the Greenhorn Mountains of southwestern Montana in 2003 or later.

"Because this reintroduction of bighorn sheep would occur on Bureau of Land Management grazing lands, we've taken extra care in the planning and with the items considered in the environmental assessment," said Glenn Erickson, FWP Wildlife Division Management Bureau chief. "We're looking for the public to take a very close look at this proposal."

Bighorn sheep were native to the Greenhorn Mountains and good yearlong habitat remains in the area. Bighorns occur within the Madison Range about 30 miles away, but because the animals seldom establish themselves in new areas, the Madison Range bighorn are unlikely to reoccupy the Greenhorn Mountains.

A copy of the Environmental Assessment and FWP Decision Notice can be obtained by calling 406-444-2612 or by email request to: fwpwld@state.mt.us. Comments can be sent in writing to the FWP Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 or by email to fwpwld@state.mt.us until November 30.