Recently Safari Club International was fortunate to be selected to cover a live capture and release of 30 Desert Bighorn sheep. We were able to capture the entire event and present a small teaser gallery of just a few of the images taken during the capture and release. More detailed articles and videos will be coming soon.
AZGFD Commission Chair Edward “Pat” Madden (center), Commissioner Eric Sparks (right) and Kent Komadina, Special Assistant to the Director.
Ewe sporting a new radio collar runs for the hills in her new home.
This ewe is the first capture of the day. Vets check her eyes before replacing her mask.
AZGFD Regional Supervisor (Region V) Raul Vega glasses for sheep.
Another Desert bighorn coming in.
Helicopters staging as dawn breaks on capture day.
Sheep get a complete physical exam including inoculations and vitamin supplements.
Net guns at the ready.
Crowd watches as sheep leave the capture crates in their new habitat.
Organization is everything. Vets stage their table with blood vials and incidentals.
Sheep being carried to the “triage” tent.
Gentle landing for the first capture of the day.
Removing the capture net from a mature ram.