Rio Grande Bighorn Sheep

In 2007 crews with the state Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service and Taos Pueblo used drop nets baited with salt blocks to capture 25 sheep in the Pecos Wilderness. The animals were examined, given shots, outfitted with radio collars and trucked to the release site along the Rio Grande Gorge just south of Taos.

(click on image to view slideshow)

Sheep_6408sHDR.DE# (1)

It marked the first time Rocky Mountain bighorn have been released on land managed by the BLM.



The sheep were released midway along the 82-mile Rio Grande Gorge, which in areas is 800 feet deep, with the Rio Grande river, the nation’s third-longest, below.



The gorge has unlimited rock outcroppings where sheep can keep an eye out for those predators that dare to navigate the steep cliffs. It also has water and enough native grub to sustain a sizable herd. In November of 2010 the population estimate was 112-120.



About Britt Runyon

A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
This entry was posted in New Mexico, Rio Grande Bighorn Sheep and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Rio Grande Bighorn Sheep

  1. Hello there, There’s no doubt that your blog could
    possibly be having internet browser compatibility problems.
    Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine
    however, when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues.

    I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that,
    fantastic blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *