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(Neb)-3 Bighorn Sheep Ewes Killed Running Into Pickup On Hwy 71  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/11/2017 06:49 PM
ALLIANCE - The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Game and Parks say 3 female bighorn sheep were killed Friday night on Highway 71 south of Gering when they ran into the side of a pickup pulling a trailer.

       Game and Parks biologist Todd Nordeen, who manages the bighorn sheep program, isn't sure what led to the fatal encounter on the southern end of the Wildcat Hills.

       The 3 ewes were from a herd introduced by Game and Parks in the McGrew area, and at least one of them was pregnant.     

          Nordeen says since one ram can cover several ewes, losing 3 rams would have had a much lesser impact than losing the three females.

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On a different issue involving Nebraska's bighorn sheep, Game and Parks will begin accepting applications for this year's hunting lotter next Monday.

      The state will issue two bighorn permits this year - one to be auctioned off and one determined by the lottery...which is open to only Nebraska residents. The season will be Nov 28-Dec 22.

       The application period ends Aug. 4 with the permit to be drawn Aug. 17. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application with the money going toward the bighorn management program, the same destination as the proceeds from the permit being auctioned off.

      Applications for the bighorn sheep lottery may be found at any Nebraska Game and Parks office or online at OutdoorNebraska.org. The 2017 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 28-Dec. 22.


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