Montana Outdoors Magazine
Standing on a railroad track along the Big Hole River near Melrose, Vanna Boccadori scans the distant limestone bluffs, searching for a group of bighorn sheep that lives in these Pioneer Mountain foothills. For years, the Butte-based Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologist has been unable to figure out why the lambs in this and four other local subherds keep dying.
“This was one of the biggest herds in Montana, with some of the world’s largest rams,” she says. “Now it’s just a fraction of that.”