Although domestic sheep are not allowed to graze the Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area in SW Montana, they are permitted to spend a couple days “trailing across” it to summer pasture. This may be enough to pollute the area with sheep diseases that kill bighorn.

Thankfully, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, at the request of Western Watersheds Project and other conservation groups, is looking into whether this dangerous practice should continue.

Montana FWP to reconsider sheep’s place on wildlife management area. By Daniel Person. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

3 Responses to Montana FWP to reconsider trailing domestic sheep across wildlife area

  1. jerryB says:

    Brian.. or anyone from WWP be willing to post a copy of the agreement to not allow reintroduced bighorns to affect land management in Montana? Also, the “new rules governing how people can use FWP land for commercial purposes”

  2. Brian Ertz says:


    i’ll see if i can get the letter and post it when i get it.

    The letter WWP sent to FWP regarding the trailing can be found here :

    Click here for letter

  3. jerryB says:

    Thanks Brian……will be interesting to see the “new rules governing how people can use FWP land for commercial purposes” that Flowers spoke about.


July 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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