Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep

Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep

FILE - In this May 25, 2000 file photo, Desert Bighorn Sheep eat and rest in the Condor Ridge exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a survey in early March 2019 counted 60 bighorns in the Mount San Gorgonio region east of Los Angeles. That's down two-thirds from a survey conducted in 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Grieser, File)
FILE - In a 2003 file photo, a desert bighorn sheep is released in the Granite Mountains of northern Nevada near the Oregon line. A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a survey in early March 2019 counted 60 bighorns in the Mount San Gorgonio region east of Los Angeles. That's down two-thirds from a survey conducted in 2016. (Kim Toulouse/Nevada Department of Wildlife/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep

FILE - In this May 25, 2000 file photo, Desert Bighorn Sheep eat and rest in the Condor Ridge exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a survey in early March 2019 counted 60 bighorns in the Mount San Gorgonio region east of Los Angeles. That's down two-thirds from a survey conducted in 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Grieser, File)
FILE - In a 2003 file photo, a desert bighorn sheep is released in the Granite Mountains of northern Nevada near the Oregon line. A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a survey in early March 2019 counted 60 bighorns in the Mount San Gorgonio region east of Los Angeles. That's down two-thirds from a survey conducted in 2016. (Kim Toulouse/Nevada Department of Wildlife/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
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