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Bighorn Sheep Release at Big Bend Ranch Set for Dec. 21About 40 desert bighorn sheep will be trapped at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area using helicopters and moved by trailer to Big Bend Ranch State Park starting the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 21. It’s the latest phase of a multi-partner restoration project begun in 1954, and the first bighorn reintroduction at a Texas state park. Any sheep captured the first day will be trailered to the release site in the afternoon and let loose that evening before dark. If all 40 sheep are not captured the first day, the operation may continue Dec. 22, with another release that evening. Any news outlets wishing to cover the capture at Elephant Mt WMA must attend a safety briefing at Sul Ross University in Alpine the afternoon before, Dec. 20. Media may also arrive by mid-afternoon Dec. 21 at the release site west of Lajitas off the Rio Grande river road. News media interested in coming to cover the release should contact Tom Harvey, (512) 389-4453, email@example.com. For an overview of Texas bighorn restoration, see a TPWD video on YouTube at , which shows a similar capture/release operation several years ago.
Passing through West Texas one time I stopped just west of Alpine and set up to shoot Castle Mt. What a great formation! I’ve shot it in low clouds, fog, and snow. I shoot it every chance I get. This particular time just after this shot I started taking my camera off the tripod and I caught a movement on the mountain in the corner of my eye. I didn’t think much of it till I got home and downloaded my pictures. Then I thought “What could that have been?” I started zooming in and this is what I saw. Is it a Desert Bighorn that has self relocated to Castle Mt? or is it a “Rare” horned Aoudad? Probably was an Aoudad but in my mind it’ll always be a Desert Bighorn.
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