Bighorn sheep coming to MHA reservation

January 20, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new agreement between the state and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation means bighorn sheep could be roaming the reservation in the next couple weeks.

North Dakota Game and Fish director Terry Steinwand says 30 to 40 bighorns will be brought to North Dakota once they are captured on a Montana reservation. They’ll be released in the Mandaree and Twin Buttes areas.

The Bismarck Tribune says the state-tribal agreement includes a provision for a ram hunting season. Williams says that will depend on how well the animals to in their new habitat.

“If the population does well enough and to where there’s mature rams out there, that’s something that our agency and Three Affiliated Tribes will be in discussion about, and then we’re going to be sharing those licenses for that opportunity,” Williams said.

The pact is the third such agreement between the state and tribal nation.

The others are twin agreements with MHA Nation in 2008 related to hunting and fishing access issues and a 2017 pact with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for an elk hunting season.