Fish and Game finally kills sick bighorn wandering along Salmon River for weeks

If tests find he had pneumonia others may be killed as well.

The bighorn which interacted with domestic sheep on private property near Riggins, Idaho has been killed. During the last 3 1/2 weeks it is know to have had contact with 11 other bighorn rams which may be killed as well if tests determine that the ram killed had pneumonia.

Fish and Game finally kills sick bighorn wandering along Salmon River for weeks
Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman


  1. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Exactly how many sheep are dying from interactions from bighorns? It sure seems like more bighorn sheep will be dying from simply being around sheep, and not from disease.

  2. JB Avatar

    Perhaps someone should replicate the U of I procedure and see if the disease was transmitted from domestic sheep on the allotment?

  3. Larry Thorngren Avatar

    I would want some of the tissue samples sent somewhere other than the U of I Caine Lab. Their research is a little suspect. If the other bighorn rams have to be killed, I suggest that the shooters should be Otter, Siddoway aand Bulgin and that they be filmed by a national news team while killing the bighorn. It is only fair that those responsible for the current law get full credit for what they have done.

  4. kt Avatar

    Larry: That is a good idea! There will never be any truth coming out of Caine in a Butch Otter-run Idaho where the Farm Bureau essentially dictates environmental policy and lies – including through Otter’s Natural resource aide Bonnie Butler who is married to Wally Butler of the Farm Bureau. ALL of these people have shored up the Bulgin lies, while the complacent Press let them do it.

    Now we find out, too, that nepotism seems to be going on with Caine and Bulgin – because Marie Bulgin’s daughter was involved in the 1994 work … I just read a Lewiston Tribune article that describes the daughter’s involvement, and now trying to cover up a bit for Mom.

    Plus someone that understands microbes needs to scrutinize Bulgin has done on prions that cuase Mad cow/Sheep/Scrapie/Mad Elk needs to be carefully scrutinized. Te U of I should

  5. kt Avatar

    Whoops – sent the last Post off too soon. Meant to say the U of I has no business having anything to do with serious disease issues. Stick to sugar beet mold, or something – but not anything that interfaces with natural “resources” and public lands and wildlife. They have become essentially a propaganda and myth-support arm of the public lands welfare ranchers. They’re now doing the same kind of thing in the Jarbidge related to cows and grazing – to support the various Brackett grazers – who like the Woolgrowers, are the best buddies of Butch Otter/Farm Bureau/U of I Range Department Myth Spinners.

  6. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    I think Rocker Barker mentioned the other day something that kt knows well and many others who participate in this blog — in general the land grant educational institutions have too close a relationship with natural resources industries, serving to cloud their research in many cases.

  7. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Larry, I think that would be a wonderful idea. I also do think that the tissues should be sent off to other laboratories as I would be highly critical of anything sent to U of I. Also, doesn’t it seem ironic that Otter would support a bill to kill a big game animal when he has all this rhetoric of wolves killing off elk, deer, and moose? Are those the only animals in Idaho worthy of shooting?

  8. Larry Thorngren Avatar

    Many years ago I did a slide presentation on a bighorn transplant in the Lost River Range at a FNAWS meeting. One of the participants introduced himself as a Veterinarian at the Caine center. While visiting with him, I asked him if scrapie was likely to be passed to humans by eating lamb. His comment to me with a smile was: “I can only say, my wife and I do not eat lamb.” He seemed to know something I didn’t. I haven’t eaten lamb since. I wonder what other information has been suppressed at the Caine center.

  9. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    “I can only say, my wife and I do not eat lamb.” He seemed to know something I didn’t.

    The plot thickens…

  10. outsider Avatar

    Well I guess that leaves more for me to eat when I get to travel through NV, if you’ve ever had lamb chops from a basque place you know what I’m talking about


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