Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has decided in the best interest of herd health to not hold a hunt for bighorn sheep in 2012. There are two different herds in the Panhandle region; the Fort Robinson herd and the Wildcat Hills herd. The Fort Robinson herd has the older rams, which hunters have preferred hunting in previous years, putting stress on the numbers.
Bighorns were reintroduced to Nebraska in 1981, after the bighorns had disappeared due to disease, habitat loss, and unregulated hunting. Discussions have begun once again of bringing in more bighorns from Alberta, Canada early next year. From Rapid City Journal .