New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed off on Bill 33, which would increase the desert bighorn ram permits from 2 to 4, for auction. The conservation funds raised are used for the desert bighorn sheep and habitat programs.
Previously one permit has been auctioned for $190,000. By increasing the number of permits to 4 they are hoping for a possible income of $800,000 for the bighorn sheep program. The desert bighorn sheep has made an incredible comeback in the state, with various programs and assistance. They were on the endangered species list for 31 years, before being removed last year. Their population was down to 70 and is now over 700. From the Alamogordo Daily News .