June 2, 2023

Utah to Conduct Study on Cougars Affects on Bighorn Sheep

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Scientists in Utah are going to conduct a test to try to determine what the affects will be on bighorn sheep captured and released into a study area.

Officials will capture bighorn sheep and equip them with a radio collar and release them into the study area. At the same time, they will capture cougars, equip them with radio collars and release them into the same study area.

From this, authorities hope to be able to determine if the cougar will kill the sheep and how often. They hope also to be able to determine if cougars will kill less deer with sheep available to prey on. The ultimate goal is better management of bighorn sheep.

You can read more about the study and what scientists hope to accomplish by going here to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources web site.

Tom Remington