Bighorn Sheep

For decades, Idaho’s bighorn sheep have endured deadly diseases and mismanagement. The Wilderness Society is trying to give them a shot at survival.

Bighorn sheep have been mismanaged for decades and are now dying from diseases spread by non-native domestic sheep. We are working to turn this around and restore their struggling populations.

Why bighorn sheep

Disease and improper conduct have wiped out populations of this iconic Western species.     

Work we are Doing

For a decade we have led efforts to provide bighorn sheep with their own place in the forest, free from grazing domestic sheep that spread disease.  

Partners

We are working with sportsmen and tribal members to save bighorn sheep populations from disease and mismanagement. 

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