Bighorn Sheep Auction License Brings $39,000
Lee Anderson of Minneapolis, Minnesota paid $39,000 for North Dakota's bighorn sheep auction license at the March 17 Minnesota-Wisconsin Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep annual meeting in Minneapolis. In comparison, last year's license sold for $20,000.
The Minnesota-Wisconsin chapter is a strong supporter of management efforts with bighorn sheep in North Dakota, according to Bruce Stillings, bighorn sheep biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Dickinson. "Recently they helped fund a population ecology study that involved radio-collaring 28 bighorns in the badlands, and were instrumental in the south Bullion transplant," he added. "They are excited to see their dollars at work in North Dakota, and that enthusiasm was reflected during the auctioning of the license."
The license sale proceeds, along with an additional grant of $25,000, will be used to enhance management of North Dakota's bighorn sheep. The grant and license auction are part of a five-year agreement, signed in 1999, between the department and Minnesota-Wisconsin conservation group.
In addition to the license the chapter auctioned a three-day bighorn viewing trip for $1,200. The proceeds were also donated to sheep projects in North Dakota.