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11th bighorn sheep dies in mountain near Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — State wildlife officials say an 11th bighorn sheep has
died in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, where 31 bighorns were released
late last year.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reported Saturday that the ram’s corpse
was found Wednesday and the animal had been killed by a mountain lion.

Game and Fish officials said a mountain lion also killed a bighorn ewe, whose
remains were found Feb. 7.

The deaths come just a few days after the agency announced the sighting of two
lambs, the first in the area in a generation.

Thirty-one bighorn were released in Catalina State Park on Nov. 18 after
relocation from mountains in western Arizona.

The department said hikers should avoid the sheep recovery area during the
lambing season, which runs January through April.


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