HUNTING -- An anonymous hunter has paid a record $275,000 for a special permit offered by the British Columbia government to hunt a wild mountain sheep outside of the regular hunting season.
The province is reputed to have some of the largest wild rams in North American.
Another hunter bid $150,000 for the bighorn tag offered by Alberta.
The winning bids were made recently during an auction at the annual convention of the Wild Sheep Foundation in Reno, Nev., where other provinces and states auction wild sheep tags to raise money for wildlife conservation.
The hunter buying the special tag in British Columbia is permitted to hunt outside the regular season anywhere sheep are normally hunted. Proceeds from the auction go to the province’s Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation — 75 per cent to sheep-related projects and 25 per cent to other wildlife enhancement projects.