Post‐release acclimation of translocated low‐elevation, non‐migratory bighorn sheep

  • Published source details Clapp J.G., Beck J.L. & Gerow K.G. (2014) Post‐release acclimation of translocated low‐elevation, non‐migratory bighorn sheep. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38, 657-663


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Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

    A study in 2009–2012 on mixed grassland, shrub and woodland vegetation in a mountainous region in Wyoming, USA (Clapp et al. 2014) found that following translocation of bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis, most animals survived at least 60 days after release. Sixty days after release, at least 62 of the 64 translocated sheep were alive. One sheep died, probably due to capture-induced stress, and the GPS collar on another malfunctioned after release, so it could not be tracked. In 2009–2012, seventy-seven bighorn sheep were released. Of these, 65 were GPS-collared and signals were received from 64 of the collars after release (including the one that subsequently failed). Location data were collected for 18 months after release though survival data only for the first 60 days are presented.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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