Desert Bighorn Reintroduction in Catalina Mountains


On November 18, the Arizona Bighorn Sheep Society in conjunction with Arizona Fish and Game Department released 31 desert sheep back into their traditional habitat in the Catalina mountains near Tucson. All 31 sheep arrived healthy and proceeded up the trail into Romero canyon.

This is the first transplant with 2 more releases scheduled over the next two years. The release was covered by local news catalinabighornreleasehnt4evrblog112113outlets and representatives of various agencies were present that helped to make the release a success. Special thanks goes to AZGFD commissioner J.W. Harris, in supporting this re-introduction. The Arizona Chapter of Safari Club International has committed $5,000 to this project so far and is a staunch and active supporter of local conservation efforts.

To learn more about Desert Bighorn or to donate to the reintroduction effort, please go to the ABSS website.

One thought on “Desert Bighorn Reintroduction in Catalina Mountains”

  1. Thank you SCI for covering our recent release of sheep into the Catalina
    mountains. We appreciate the support, and need to Thank the publication department, in particular for helping us in the recovery of this herd. We very much appreciate the publicity, and in particular a big thank you goes to SCI life member, and AZGFD commissioner Eric Sparks for making sure that this most recent transplant was able to happen.

    Dave Mattausch
    SCI MM#674
    Past President ADBSS 2010

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