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FWP to Move Forward with Madison Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction

Fish & Wildlife - Region 3

Thursday, December 12, 2013

With Thursday’s approval from the Fish &Wildlife Commission, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will move forward with the reintroduction of bighorn sheep to either the Indian Creek or Wolf Creek area of the Madison Range this winter.

FWP will trap up to 50 bighorn sheep from the southern Madison range herd in the Quake Lake area then reintroduce them to the Indian Creek drainage (unless the Wolf Creek drainage proves more appropriate given timing and logistics) in the winter of 2013-2014 with the understanding that future transplants may be necessary to augment the population.

The goal of this reintroduction is to increase the overall herd size in the Madison, establish a new wintering area in the Madison for bighorn sheep, and restore a native species to the area.

A copy of the Department’s decision notice including a summary of the comments and details about the reintroduction plan can be found at the following link:

In the last year, Area Biologist Julie Cunningham worked closely with area landowners throughout this process. A 52-day public comment period which closed Nov. 8, 2013 generated 35 comments almost entirely in favor of the reintroduction.