Saturday, January 7, 2012

Yellowstone Bighorn Sheep struck down by Pneumonia

The Associated Press is reporting that a bighorn sheep lamb in Yellowstone National Park has pneumonia.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks has been tracking sheep in the Gardiner area just north of Yellowstone National Park since reports of coughing bighorn were given to them in early December. In response FWP has killed 5 sheep but it appears that pneumonia has spread into Yellowstone National Park where there is a larger population of bighorn sheep.

The article also mentions that FWP speculates that the pneumonia may have been contracted from domestic sheep. Hopefully more details will emerge but this is potentially very bad news for the bighorn sheep of Yellowstone National Park.

For those unfamiliar with this issue, domestic sheep carry organisms which can result in deadly pneumonia among bighorn sheep. Read More