DWR Sponsors Bighorn Sheep Watch

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The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will host a bighorn sheep watch at Sunnyside, Utah on Saturday, June 17. DWR biologists will be on-hand in the afternoon and evening (3 until 8 p.m.) to help the public locate the Rocky Mountain bighorns and answer questions. It seems that this year, the sheep have been most visible from mid-afternoon on. As many as 20 rams have been counted at one time.

Almost every year, a band of bighorn rams summers at the far (east) end of town. They typically forage on mineland reclamation and water at Grassy Trail Creek. Their numbers usually vary between 10 and 25, although as many as 40 have been observed in previous years. When monsoon moisture arrives in August or September, the rams leave Sunnyside, and return to the high plateaus overlooking the Green River.

This band of rams is accustomed to vehicle traffic and human presence, and can often be observed and photographed at relatively close distances. Just in case, it's a good idea to pack your telephoto lens along. Those who have binoculars or a spotting scope are encouraged to bring them. For those who don't, the DWR will have several pairs of binoculars and spotting scopes available for public use.

Sunnyside is less than 20 miles east of Price. From Price, travel southeasterly on U. S. Highway 6 to its junction with State Road 123 (East Carbon/Sunnyside junction). On State Road 123, travel east to Sunnyside, where signs will guide participants to the viewing area. For out-of-area travelers, there's a gas station in East Carbon and a grocery store at Sunnyside.

If you have scheduling conflicts which keep you away on the 17, you can try another day. The bighorn sheep stay in the area most of the time, until early fall. For more information, contact Brent Stettler at (435) 636-0266.