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Proposed changes to SD bighorn sheep hunting causes controversy - posted 5 months ago

If the wild sheep foundation wants to sell sheep hunting tags and use the money as they see fit, then they should raise the sheep on private lands not public lands. Its either a state game animal or its private livestock.

What's killing California's desert bighorn sheep? - posted 6 months ago

M.ovi the pathagon that causes pneumonia has been found in muskox Beira antelope  cattle mule deer white tail deer caribou and moose. Some of the moose samples that tested positive were from areas of of Alaska that were not habituated meaning they were thousands of miles for any domestic animals and never seen one. The presence of M. ovi does not mean that an animal is diseased. M. ovi has now been detected in healthy Dall's sheep as well as mountain goats, caribou and moose in Alaska with one caribou mortality associated to the bacterium. 
Movi in wild sheep requires stressors such as illnesses, injuries and lac of access to quality foods, lac of adequate feeding ranges can force sheep and goats to lower elevations in search of food exposing them to more human activites causing stress.
The Alaska department of fish and game along with the state vet have som great research on M.ovi and continue to sample ather wildlife as well as to learn more about the causes and how it is spread. www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hottopics.movi The Cdc has also been following M.ovi wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/24/12/18-0632_article their abstract "Abstract
Elucidating the emergence of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae–associated respiratory disease in ruminants requires identification of the pathogen host range. This bacterium was thought to be host restricted to subfamily Caprinae, but we describe its identification in healthy moose, caribou, and mule deer and diseased mule and white-tailed deer, all species in subfamily Capreolinae."

South Dakota bighorn sheep populations impacted by disease - posted 6 months ago

The presence of M. ovi does not mean that an animal is diseased. M. ovi has now been detected in healthy Dall's sheep as well as mountain goats, caribou and moose in Alaska with one caribou mortality associated to the bacterium. 
Movi in wild sheep requires stressors such as illnesses, injuries and lac of access to quality foods, lac of adequate feeding ranges can force sheep and goats to lower elevations in search of food exposing them to more human activites causing stress.
The Alaska department of fish and game along with the state vet have som great research on M.ovi and continue to sample ather wildlife as well as to learn more about the causes and how it is spread. www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hottopics.movi