RENO — Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) released an additional five adult desert bighorn rams into their native habitat of Clark Mountain in the Virginia Range east of Reno on Monday.
“This re-introduction of desert bighorn sheep is the continuation of our efforts we began last October to establish a healthy population of desert bighorn sheep in the Virginia Range,” said Steve Field, NBU president.
With the assistance of NBU, more than 60 mountain ranges in Nevada have received new populations of desert, Rocky Mountain or California bighorns. Over half of the total bighorn sheep tags available statewide are due to reintroduced populations. NBU has also been proactive in reintroduction of antelope throughout northern Nevada as well as elk into select mountain ranges.
The re-introduction effort of the desert bighorn sheep in the Virginia Range has been in the planning and implementation stages for more than two years with the cooperation of NDOW, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, the Wild Sheep Foundation and NBU. In October, volunteers led by NBU and the Wild Sheep foundation constructed two water guzzlers on Clark Mountain that led to the re-introduction of 42 desert bighorn sheep at that time.
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