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Bighorn Sheep count

February 11, 2009 |  6:29 pm

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Feel like counting California sheep? State and federal wildlife biologists are seeking volunteers to help with the annual bighorn sheep survey in the San Gabriel Mountains on March 1.

The largest population of desert bighorn sheep in the state was once found in the San Gabriels. Their numbers declined sharply in the 1980s but now appear to be on the rise, with an estimated 300 bighorns living in the range.

Volunteer counters must be at least 16, attend a Feb. 28 orientation in Rancho Cucamonga and be willing to hike at least one mile over rough terrain to observation sites. Call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2870 no later than Sunday to sign up and receive a volunteer packet.

-- Bettina Boxall

Photo: A bighorn sheep in the San Gabriel Mountains. Credit: Associated Press

 

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