North Dakota Receives $95,000 for Bighorn Management

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department received three checks totaling $95,000 at the March 17 Minnesota-Wisconsin Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep annual meeting in Minneapolis.

North Dakota's 2007 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 a record $50,000. Along with an annual grant of $25,000, the Minnesota-Wisconsin conservation group also presented $20,000 to Game and Fish for last January's transplant of 20 bighorns from Montana's Missouri River Breaks.

The funds will be used to enhance management of North Dakota's bighorn sheep, said Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist, Dickinson. "Minnesota-Wisconsin FNAWS continues to be a strong supporter of bighorn sheep management efforts in North Dakota," Wiedmann said. "They see all the gains we have made, and their enthusiasm is reflected on a national level by the interest shown in our auction tag."

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

Six licenses were issued in 2007, with one being auctioned by Minnesota-Wisconsin FNAWS and five allocated by lottery.