Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Sunday, September 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 48° Clear

Outdoors blog

Court gives bighorn sheep footing against domestic livestock

Bighorn sheep. (Josh Morgan / Rapid City Journal)
Bighorn sheep. (Josh Morgan / Rapid City Journal)

BIG GAME -- As tough as bighorn sheep are, they're no match for diseases they encounter from domestic sheep.  Wild sheep populations have been ravaged in Hells Canyon and elsewhere by disease.    Fans of these native critters will watching this new trend carefully.

Decision on domestic sheep grazing in Idaho could affect land use across the West
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling earlier this month that upheld the Payette National Forest's decision to ban domestic sheep grazing in some areas of the forest in Idaho to prevent transmission of disease to bighorn herds. This ruling gives land-use managers a solid foundation for similar decisions across the Rocky Mountain West.




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Outdoors blog
Outdoors blog

Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




Go to the full Outdoors page