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By Billy Arnold
Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Officials eye killing bighorn ewes to stop disease


January 6, 2022

Kathryn Ziesig/ Jackson Hole News & Guide

Monteith Shop graduate student, Yasaman Shakeri, left, raises her hands to guard her face from a possible kick as she and Dalton Mourtisen, a Monteith Shop technician, right, release a bighorn sheep ewe Thursday , Dec. 9, 2021 on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming. Game and Fish is mulling proposing a hunt of Jackson Herd bighorn females to counter possible pneumonia die-off.

JACKSON - As a gaggle of grad students milled about, probing, prodding and drawing blood from three bighorn sheep, Aly Courtemanch was keeping her eyes peeled for something in particular.

Plump ewes.

"That one looks really good," the Wyoming Game and Fish biologist said, pointing to one. But, making her way down the line just below the Bridger-Teton National Forest's Curtis Canyon, she found a bet...

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