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New Bighorn Sheep In Western South Dakota

National Bighorn Sheep Center

A new sub-herd of bighorn sheep took up residence in the Black Hills this winter thanks to a cooperative effort between South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority and the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation.  The sheep were transplanted from Montana's Rocky Boy Indian Reservation to Hell Canyon in hopes of increasing the population and existing herd health of the nearby Elk Mountain bighorn sheep herd.  GF&P Regional Wildlife Manager John Kanta and GF&P District 1 Regional Supervisor Mike Kintigh discussed the population restoration efforts.