North Dakota Receives $73,00 for Bighorn Sheep

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Three checks totaling $73,000 were given to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at the March 15 Minnesota-Wisconsin Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep annual meeting in Minneapolis.

North Dakota's 2008 bighorn sheep auction license, which allows the winning bidder the rare privilege of pursuing a North Dakota bighorn on a self-guided hunt, sold for $35,000. Along with an annual grant of $25,000, Minnesota-Wisconsin FNAWS, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management presented the department with $13,000 for bighorn sheep transplants.

The grant and license auction are part of a 10-year agreement, signed in 1999, between the department and Minnesota-Wisconsin FNAWS.