Herd lives close to site of previous die-offs

Bighorn Sheep lambs © Ken Cole

Bighorn Sheep lambs © Ken Cole

After last winter’s disastrous die-off of bighorn sheep in Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Washington State it seemed the news couldn’t get any worse for bighorn sheep. Well, today comes news of another outbreak of pneumonia in a heard of 100 bighorn sheep east of Hamilton, Montana. Officials have shot 8 of the sheep and have found at least 5 were suffering from pneumonia.

Pneumonia found in 5 bighorn sheep near Hamilton.
KULR-8 News

More Pneumonia Discovered in Montana’s Bighorn Sheep Population
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Ken Cole

Ken Cole, Buffalo Field Campaign‘s Executive Director, is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He was formerly the Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Another pneumonia outbreak in Montana's bighorn sheep

  1. avatar bigsky777 says:

    Charismatic megafauna?

    With numbers and distribution reduced as much as they are for bighorns, why don’t people get as upset about their conservation as wolves and griz?

  2. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Is this all spread by domestic sheep? Why is that bighorn sheep are so prone to pneumonia but you never hear about other ungulates with it?

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