THE ARIZONA DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP SOCIETY
ADBSS Board Meeting
October 8th, 2020 - 7:00 p.m - Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort (formerly Chaparral Suites Resort), 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Board of Directors meetings are available to all members and anyone interested in bighorn sheep conservation. The meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm (Except December).
Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society Annual Sheep Hunters’ Clinic
October 3, 2020 - 8:00 am-Noon Arizona Time - The in-person clinic has been cancelled. This will be a live streamed event on October 3rd. There is no charge for the clinic. Although you are not required to be a member to attend, we strongly encourage you to join the Society so that you can take advantage of all the resources we have to offer. As a Society member, you will also be eligible to receive a plaque commemorating your sheep hunt at next year’s Ram Recognition Banquet./p>
Clinic materials are now available for review.
Ram Recognition Banquet
October 3, 2020 - We have unfortunately found it necessary to cancel the Annual Ram Recognition Banquet and our in-person Annual Meeting of Members. Plans are now underway to conduct a virtual Annual Meeting on October 14th. ADBSS members will receive an announcement about this in the mail, and will receive instructions to register for this on-line meeting .
ADBSS 38th Annual Fundraising Banquet
March 13, 2021 - Embassy Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd – Scottsdale, Arizona
The annual fundraising banquet is the Society’s primary source of funds. All money raised at the banquet is used to benefit bighorn sheep through water development, habitat improvement, surveys, transplants, research, and other management activities. A number of high quality hunting and fishing trips will be auctioned, along with rifles, bows, camping equipment, original paintings, limited edition prints, bronze sculptures, unique furniture pieces and vacation packages. Items auctioned and raffled range widely in value, giving everyone an opportunity to participate.
In The News...
Wild & Wool; New Film Exposes Die-offs of Bighorn Sheep
Bozeman, Montana. April 17, 2020. The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), in partnership with Sitka Gear, has produced a new film that, for the first time, takes an in-depth look at what has been killing wild bighorn sheep since the 1930s, and has been slowing efforts to enhance populations of this iconic species.
The culprit is called Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, or M.ovi for short. It is a bacterium carried by some domestic sheep and goats that can lead to respiratory complications and death in wild sheep. M.ovi is not a problem everywhere, or everywhere domestic and wild populations come in contact with each other, but M.ovi has been identified as a pathogen in bighorn sheep pneumonia outbreaks. These outbreaks have resulted in sporadic and, in some places, large-scale all-age die-off events in bighorn sheep, in some cases with mortalities of 70% or more of a given population. What’s exacerbating the problem is these disease episodes also result in low lamb recruitment often for decades.
“Where domestic sheep and goats and wild sheep share the same rangelands, we either have a problem or the threat of problem,” said Kevin Hurley, Vice President of Conservation & Operations for the Wild Sheep Foundation. “Domestic animals can live with M.ovi if they have it, but wild sheep have no immunity to it if they get it.”
Wild & Wool follows researchers and biologists as they monitor the health of bighorn sheep in Idaho’s Hells Canyon and the mountain ranges near Wendover, Nevada, two past and present M.ovi hot spots. The film also brings forward the story of the domestic sheep and wool production industry and the multi-generational family ranches that partially rely on U.S. Forest Service 10-year, term grazing permits.
“As viewers will learn, this is a complex issue,” explained Hurley. “One thing we do know is, with adult mortality rates and poor lamb survival year after year, in wild populations, these infected herds will not last. We can have both on the landscape, wild and domestic sheep, but just not together.”
The film was produced in cooperation with Implement Productions and Foss Media. It has been accepted by the prestigious International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), and debuts as a virtual online experience on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
“A whole lot of people are committed to putting more wild sheep on the mountain,” Hurley concluded. “We have the know-how to do that. It’s keeping them on the mountain where M.ovi is making us come up short.”
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