State biologists reported that a male bighorn sheep in Okanogan County died due to pneumonia.
The sheep was part of the Mount Hull herd near the Canadian border. This type of pneumonia is not contagious for humans.
The bighorn sheep was the only one found with pneumonia, but testing on more animals is underway, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.
Bighorn sheep are highly susceptible to pneumonia and it can devastate herds for years.
The agency is concerned that the Mount Hull herd could pass pneumonia onto the Omak Lake or the Sinlahekin herds.
Fish and Wildlife would like help from the public if they notice any bighorn sheep acting lethargic, coughing or showing nasal drainage, according to the news release.
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