Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep: understanding and solutions through collaboration

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department in partnership with the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center, and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckleshaus Institute recently completed a public engagement process exploring management concerns, issues, and opportunities for the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Herd.

This herd has struggled to recover from a catastrophic all-age die-off caused by pneumonia in 1991 causing an estimated 30% decline in the number of sheep.  The herd continues to stay below the desired population size primarily because lamb survival is very low likely due to the persistence of lamb pneumonia.  At one time, there were an estimated 2,500 sheep in this population; today there are about 750.

A situation assessment was completed, a panel of experts were brought in from around the country, and multiple public workshops were held to chart a path forward for this iconic bighorn sheep herd. Find the Final Plan and other documentation from the process below:

Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Plan (Final version)
Draft Plan Powerpoint Presentation
Panel of Scientists Recommendations

Issues Identified During Workshop 1 from the Small Groups
Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Herd Situation Assesment
Process Matrix
Workshop Flyer/Poster

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