Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

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Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

Forest Service says it needs more data before making final decision on grazing
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move down County Road 501 north of Bayfield in September. After a summer grazing in the high country, the sheep were returning to Brown’s ranch south of Ignacio.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown of Ignacio move through the dry lake bed of Lemon Reservoir in late September, as he and his herders bring the sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.
While moving his sheep down County Road 501 north of Bayfield, J. Paul Brown always runs into people he knows. He and his herders were bringing sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.
One of J. Paul Brown’s sheep dogs keeps an eye out for any trouble as Brown moves his sheep down from the high country to his ranch south of Ignacio.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move down County Road 501 north of Bayfield in late September.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown of Ignacio move through the dry lake bed of Lemon Reservoir in September, as he and his herders bring the sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move down County Road 501 north of Bayfield in September. After a summer grazing in the high country, the sheep were returning to Brown’s ranch south of Ignacio.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown of Ignacio move through the dry lake bed of Lemon Reservoir in late September, as he and his herders bring the sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.
While moving his sheep down County Road 501 north of Bayfield, J. Paul Brown always runs into people he knows. He and his herders were bringing sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.
One of J. Paul Brown’s sheep dogs keeps an eye out for any trouble as Brown moves his sheep down from the high country to his ranch south of Ignacio.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move down County Road 501 north of Bayfield in late September.
Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown of Ignacio move through the dry lake bed of Lemon Reservoir in September, as he and his herders bring the sheep down from the high country after a summer of grazing.

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

A family of bighorn sheep graze on the exposed slope near Coal Bank Pass in 2013. The collar on the sheep is a radio transmitter that allows wildlife biologists to track the animal’s movements. Advocates for bighorn sheep say domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness puts bighorn at risk of contracting disease, which could potentially wipe out herds.

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move down County Road 501 north of Bayfield in late September as they return to his ranch south of Ignacio after a summer of grazing in the high country.

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move past Lemon Reservoir in late September. Brown has a 1,000-acre ranch in Ignacio, southeast of Durango, but he takes his sheep to feed on the vegetation of the high country wilderness during the summer and to a Bureau of Land Management holding in New Mexico during the winter.

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

Sheep belonging to J. Paul Brown move past Lemon Reservoir in late September. Brown has a 1,000-acre ranch in Ignacio, southeast of Durango, but he takes his sheep to feed on the vegetation of the high country wilderness during the summer and to a Bureau of Land Management holding in New Mexico during the winter.
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