40 desert bighorn sheep released to the Sacramento Mountains
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials have released 40 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports the transplantation of the sheep was orchestrated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish over the weekend as part of an effort to expand the desert bighorn’s range.
Around 100 members of the public and wildlife enthusiasts attended the releases on Saturday and Sunday and formed wings alongside the sheep trailers to help usher the sheep into the mountains.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officer Andrew Armendariz says the sheep population introduced into the Sacramento Mountains was made up of ewes and rams of various sizes and ages.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com