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. 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.