A new group — Friends of Wild Animals — has been formed in Tucson to protest developments in a recent bighorn sheep reintroduction near the city and voice opposition to the closure of meetings on the project by state wildlife officials.
The reintroduction of bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains has gotten off to a deadly and controversial start — with two bighorns killed by mountain lions, two predatory lions killed by state-sponsored hunters and many citizens voicing scathing criticisms of the project.
Bighorn sheep and mountain lions are dying in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson as a result of a “transplant” of 31 sheep into the range last month.
All 31 of the bighorn sheep released into the Catalina Mountains on Nov. 18 apparently have survived so far and are fanning out across the range, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.
Bighorn sheep are roaming wild in the Catalina Mountains once more.
YUMA — Wildlife officers — swooping out of the sky in helicopters and wielding net guns — snared fleet bighorn sheep in rugged mountains northeast of here Saturday.
Ironwood Forest National Monument — home to grand stands of some of the longest-living trees in the Sonoran Desert — is little known to many Tucsonans, but an event Saturday offers an on-site introduction.
Drive north of Tucson into Oro Valley, pull over, and peer up at rugged Pusch Ridge towering above you to the east: What you’re seeing is the past and future home of a free-roaming herd of bighorn sheep.
About 30 bighorn sheep from Western Arizona are slated to be moved to the Catalina Mountains next month to rebuild a herd that died out there, and details of the project will be presented at a public information meeting today.
Bighorn sheep — absent from the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson for more than a decade — could be roaming wild in the range again by mid-November.
State and federal officials will host a public meeting Thursday to provide information on a plan to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains.
When the news came out that bighorn sheep will be reintroduced to the Santa Catalinas, suspicions quickly arose: They must be doing it so hunters can kill the sheep.
You could imagine the eye rolls around Tucson when it emerged June 7 that Arizona Game and Fish may end up killing some mountain lions in order to repopulate the Catalinas with bighorn sheep.
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A mountain lion stays close to its deer kill in Sabino Canyon. Lions who prey on bighorn sheep will be killed, state wildlife officials say.
A pair of bighorn sheep pause on a ridge overlooking Oro Valley. A herd of bighorn sheep, which died out in the late 1990s, will be brought back to the Pusch Ridge area in November.
An already "robust" population of mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains appears to be increasing - and that could pose a threat to a planned reintroduction of bighorn sheep in the range this fall.
Bighorn sheep, like these two on a ridge overlooking Oro Valley, will once again take their place in the Catalina Mountains.
Bighorn sheep - a species that was practically the symbol of the Catalina Mountains before the herd there died out in the 1990s - will soon roam the range again.
BigHorn Sheep at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Dec. 18, 2000.