Arizona GFC Seeks Input on Desert Bighorn Sheep

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comment in regards to its draft Black Mountain Desert Bighorn Sheep Management Plan.

The bighorn sheep in the Black Mountains near Kingman, Ariz. are facing a variety of issues, including predation, habitat fragmentation, drought, and competition with non-native species.

"This is a strategic plan for the management of these issues," said Kevin Morgan, habitat program manager with the department's Kingman office.

This plan is critical for an area that contains one-third of all the bighorn sheep in Arizona.

"These sheep belong to the public," Morgan stated. "For this reason, it's important the public provide input to help us best manage this important resource."

Game and Fish will accept public comment until Aug. 1, 2007. Comments can be submitted through the web site http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/bighorn_sheep.shtml or mailed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd., Kingman, AZ 86409.