DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH TO TRAP 40-50 BIGHORN SHEEP IN PECOS
PECOS, N.M. - The Department of Game and Fish plans to trap and
move 40 to 50 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the Pecos Wilderness beginning
Sept. 22. This is an effort to reduce bighorn populations in that area.
"We need to get some animals off the mountain for the benefit of the
habitat," said Darrel Weybright, big game manager for the Department's
Wildlife Management Division. "There are too many sheep in the Pecos now.
The herd remains very healthy and we want to keep it that way."
About 16 bighorn sheep will be sent to Arizona to complete an exchange
agreement with that state for desert bighorn sheep. The Department captured
16 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from Wheeler Peak and sent them to Arizona
in July. The remainder of the sheep captured next week will go to the San
Francisco River and Turkey Creek in the Gila area and possibly the Manzano
"We hope to enhance the herds on the San Francisco River and Turkey
Creek," said Weybright. "They are doing fair, they are more than stable."
There will be trapping activity at the north and south ends of
Trailrider's Wall, Pecos Baldy Lake, Joe Vigil Lake and Willow Creek
Campground. Hikers, campers and other recreationists can expect to encounter
helicopters in the Pecos area beginning Sept. 21, as well as drop nets and
personnel from the Department, the U.S. Forest Service and volunteers
involved in the trapping operation. The public is welcome to observe but is
asked to stay clear of the trapping activity for their safety and that of
the animals and trap personnel.
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