Bighorn sheep return to Pyramid Lake after nearly 100 years

Published: Jan. 19, 2020 at 11:27 AM PST
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State wildlife officials and a Nevada tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep north of Reno in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly 100 years.

The vice chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe told the Las Vegas Review Journal various efforts have been made since the 1980s to try to reintroduce sheep into the Pyramid Lake range. But none of those efforts ever came to fruition until Monday.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife captured the animals earlier in the day in the Sheep Creek Range near Battle Mountain.

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