LAS VEGAS (AP) - As many as 50 bighorn sheep will be moving from Nevada to Utah under a joint effort by wildlife officials in the two states.
Biologists from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources plan to capture the animals in the Muddy and Black mountain ranges northeast of Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday, and release them into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Mike Cox of the Nevada agency says it's a chance to assist Utah in its efforts to restore bighorns to habitat where herds were killed off over a century ago, and to help Nevada reduce its Muddy Mountain sheep population to "a level consistent with available water sources."
It will be the second such capture-and-release operation in a year. In October 2012, the two agencies moved 50 Nevada sheep from the River and Muddy mountain herds and released them in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.