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Pneumonia outbreak prompts tracking of Mojave Preserve Bighorn Sheep

November 1, 2013

The Extinction Protocol

November 1, 2013CALIFORNIAWildlife biologists will be putting radio collars on the Mojave National Preserve’s bighorn sheep in early November to try and learn more about an outbreak of pneumonia that has killed more than a hundred animals. Biologists from the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be flying over the Preserve’s mountain ranges for four days starting November 3 to capture, examine, and collar bighorn sheep in an attempt to track the spread of the usually fatal respiratory disease. Tracking the animals’ movements through the desert will give wildlife managers a better chance of finding ways to limit the disease’s impact on the desert bighorn population. Mojave National Preserve scientists suspect that the outbreak may have begun when sick domestic sheep were illegally dumped in the Preserve. Domestic sheep and goats are c There seem to have been two…

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