DALL’S SHEEP SPECIES BACKGROUND
- There are four subspecies of North American wild sheep: Thinhorns which consist of the Dall’s and Stone’s sheep; and Bighorns which consist of the desert and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
- More than 90 percent of North American wild sheep reside on public lands.
- State, federal, crown land agencies as well as tribal entities play an important role in wild sheep management.
- Disease transmitted from domestic sheep to wild sheep is the No. 1 limiting factor to successful recovery of wild sheep populations.
- Some public lands allow domestic sheep grazing in suitable historic wild sheep habitat causing large scale die-offs with many years of poor wild sheep lamb recruitment.
For more information visit the Wild Sheep Foundation website.
I urge anyone who loves MeatEater–or, for that matter, anyone who loves hunting and fishing and eating wild game–to hurry over and check out the first of our Conservation Field Notes videos. We are making these videos in conjunction with the non-profit Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, which received vital sponsorship backing from Bass Pro Shops. The reason that the MeatEater team chose to work with TRCP is summed up nicely by that organization’s rallying cry: Guaranteeing You a Place to Hunt and Fish. We love them for it, and because they wage a nonstop battle for wild lands conservation, day-in and day-out. What’s more, they’re not afraid to take unpopular stances when they know it’s the right thing to do for hunters and anglers. The aim of these Conservation Field Notes is simple: to alert you about specific issues that are imminent threats to our hunting and fishing lands, and to tell you how to join in the battle. So please, get your little butts over to the TRCP. You owe it to yourself and to your kids. –Steven Rinella