Sheep tested positive for Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae
Bighorn sheep in Montana and elsewhere suffered severe losses this winter at the hands of pneumonia. In the East Fork herd bighorn were seen interacting with domestic sheep near Sula, Montana. Those domestic sheep were relocated earlier this year and another herd has been removed from the area to protect the remaining 87 bighorn sheep that survived the outbreak this winter.
Survival of lambs is the big remaining concern in the affected populations and it is being closely monitored.
Domestic East Fork sheep removed.
by PERRY BACKUS – Ravalli Republic