Diseased Bighorns-Nevada Slaughter

Nevada reluctantly killed bighorn sheep to save them

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 8 AND THEREAFTER - In a 2003 photo, A desert bighorn sheep is released in the Granite Mountains of northern Nevada near the Oregon line. Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say they reluctantly had to slaughter one herd of bighorns in the Montana Mountains of northwest Nevada earlier this year in a last-ditch effort to try to stop the spread of deadly disease to a neighboring herd. (Kim Toulouse/Nevada Department of Wildlife/Reno Gazette via AP)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife veterinarian Peregrine Wolff worked at zoos in the Midwest, with farm animals in Florida and exotic species on movie sets in Hollywood. She never dreamed she’d have to help pull the trigger on a contentious strategy to slaughter a diseased herd of bighorn sheep.

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