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Utah's Zion Sheep Herd Infected
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Contributors to this thread:
NvaGvUp 14-Aug-18
Zbone 14-Aug-18
Bou'bound 14-Aug-18
Rackmastr 14-Aug-18
Chris S 14-Aug-18
BULELK1 15-Aug-18
elkstabber 15-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 15-Aug-18
elkstabber 15-Aug-18
Trial153 15-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 15-Aug-18
From: NvaGvUp
14-Aug-18
It never stops.

Now we learn that the Zion DBHS herd in Utah, the largest herd in the state, has now been infected with M.Ovi, the pneumonia virus they get from domestic sheep and which is deadly to wild sheep.

Damn!

From: Zbone
14-Aug-18
Ouch... Shame...

From: Bou'bound
14-Aug-18
What happens now

From: Rackmastr
14-Aug-18
Damnit....what a year for horrible sheep news with M.Ovi.....

As has been said before, the gloves need to come off with this issue...

From: Chris S
14-Aug-18
May as well just raffle tags at this point for each animal. As far as I know it is fatal to all wild sheep.

From: BULELK1
15-Aug-18
Hopefully they issue tags to harvest instead of going in and killing them off via DWR.

It sucks for sure as this will take away like 2-3 Non-Ressy tags...….

Damn the luck, Robb

From: elkstabber
15-Aug-18
Has anybody put in the time to determine the financial impact here? We all feel a tremendous loss when wild sheep die this way. But, in order to get laws or policies changed it often requires proof of the actual costs.

So has anybody added up the income from domestic sheep leases and compared that income to the income from the hunting of wild sheep? Does Utah get the domestic sheep lease money or does it go to the feds? Hopefully someone smarter than me can figure out a way to convince lawmakers/policymakers about how the domestic sheep are causing financial losses to the state.

From: NvaGvUp
15-Aug-18
Some domestic sheep are grazed on private lands, but most graze on Federal lands. The BLM and USFS are the agencies which manage those lands.

From: elkstabber
15-Aug-18
So Kyle the feds are making income from the domestic sheep leases while the state is loosing income from the wild sheep?

From: Trial153
15-Aug-18
Terrible. We need to get a handle on this.

From: NvaGvUp
15-Aug-18
The Wild Sheep Foundation has been doing everything we can to prevent this from happening.

Our Legislative Affairs Committee has gone to DC several times over the past few years where we've met with (mostly) western states Senators and Congressmen and women to working with us to create 'separation' so that BLM and USFS domestic sheep grazing allotments which are near wild sheep herds are moved far enough away so that 'contact' between them will be highly unlikely.

As you might expect, the commercial domestic sheep industry objects, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that when domestic sheep come into contact with wild sheep, wild sheep die.

The domestic sheep growers have, unfortunately, tremendous political influence with some of the 'sheep state' governors (Idaho in particular), and to a lesser degree, with their Senators and Congressmen and women.

Within the past few months, M. Ovi has been discovered in caribou in the Yukon and in Moose in Alaska.

There are no comercial woolgrowers in those places, but there are 'hobby herds,' 4H herds, etc.

The Yukon is particularly concerned, as wildlife and hunting is a YUGE financial resource for them.

Lately, even some of the 'bunny hugger' eco-organizations are joining us in the fight.

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