The Montana State-wide Bighorn Initiative, initiated in 2014, is a collaborative research project between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Montana State University to better understand the ecology of one of Montana's important wildlife resources, the native Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). Our mission is to engage rigorous, long-term research about the role of disease and variation in annual climate on survival, recruitment, and population growth of Montana's bighorn sheep to inform management and conservation of this sensitive and valuable species in Montana.
Synergistic with the Greater Yellowstone Area Mountain Ungulate Project, this research will provide comparative information with insight gained from bighorn sheep herds in other regions of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Explore how the MT Bighorn Initiative is expanding our knowledge of the ecology of bighorn sheep in Montana:
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