September 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are once again wandering the ridges and valleys around Olancha Peak in Inyo County following a successful reintroduction of the endangered animals by wildlife officials.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday that 10 female and four male bighorn sheep were established last month as the first new herd at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in 25 years.
The sheep were captured from two of the largest existing herds farther north in the mountain range.
There are now 10 herds of Sierra bighorn in the mountains between Sequoia National Park and Yosemite. Officials hope to reintroduce three additional herds to meet recovery goals.
The population currently numbers around 500, up from a low of 100 after decades of disease and unregulated hunting