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Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in East Clear Creek are doing well

Posted February 1, 2019

AZGFD, partners come together to enhance, conserve state’s wildlife

PAYSON, Ariz. – Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists report that the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep that were relocated last November from Eagle Creek near Morenci to East Clear Creek/Leonard Canyon north of Payson are doing well.

Fifteen of the 30 bighorn sheep released were equipped with GPS radio collars so the department could monitor their movements and habitat use. The bighorn sheep have been exploring their new home, with the majority staying close to the release site near the confluence of East Clear Creek and Leonard Canyon.

“It is pretty cool seeing bighorn sheep back in this historic but recently unoccupied range,” said Rick Langley, game specialist in our Pinetop region. “The Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation donated the GPS radio collars and made it possible for the department to keep track of these animals. Partners like the Midwest Chapter are a huge part of making projects like this successful.”

GPS radio collars donated by the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation allow AZGFD to monitor movement of the bighorn sheep.

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