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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    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.