F&G to survey mountain goats, bighorn sheep

A mountain goat and her kid were photographed through a spotting scope near Billy’s Bridge, north of Ketchum. 

     The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will begin a survey of mountain goats and bighorn sheep on Tuesday along the Middle Fork Salmon River and Lost River Range.

     The survey, which will use low-flying helicopters, is expected to conclude later this month.

     “The goal is to compare population trends and age and sex ratios,” a departmental press release stated. “The information collected will be used in determining future management actions and hunting opportunities.”

     Surveys of mountain goats are planned to begin tomorrow, March 3, in game units 27 and portions of 20A, 21, 26, 28, 34 and 36. Bighorn sheep surveys will begin on March 16 in units 37, 50 and 51. 

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