STONE’S SHEEP SEASONAL RANGE & HABITAT USE STUDY
Stone’s sheep are surveyed only sporadically, as flight budgets and favorable weather conditions allow. Aerial surveys flown in 1985 and 1993 in British Columbia’s Omineca Region 7A indicated significantly more Stone’s sheep than were found in a 2020 helicopter survey. This prompted the initiation of a multi-year Stone’s sheep project in this remote portion of BC’s Russel, Swannel, and Tatlatui Mountain Ranges. Stone’s sheep here occur at very low densities inhabiting small pockets of these mountain ranges.
Since little to no recent data was available on sheep numbers, distribution, seasonal movements, habitat use, survival, recruitment, or herd health; plans called for capturing, collaring, and sampling up to 30 Stone’s sheep over the next four years.
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