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Zion National Park bighorn sheep herd growing too fast
Wildlife » Officials are considering a plan to capture and move hundreds of sheep.

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An aerial count in fall 2008 confirmed that the transplanted bighorn had been thriving in and around the park. In two hours, biologists counted 75 sheep. The next year, DWR biologists conducted a full survey in Zion and lands to the south. Their findings: 114 bighorn outside the park and 115 inside.


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How to comment on Zion bighorn sheep plan

Zion National Park officials are considering working with Utah wildlife biologists to reduce the number of desert bighorn sheep in the park by using net-gunning to capture the mammals for relocation.

Comments are due by March 19. Information about the plan and how to comment can be found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/zion.

Comments also can be sent to: Superintendent, Attention: Bighorn Management EA, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767

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