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Desert Sheep Hunts in New Mexico?

November 7, 2011.

The New Mexico State Game Commission voted Thursday, November 3, to officially remove the desert bighorn sheep from the state’s endangered species list.

Desert bighorn sheep were listed as a state endangered species in 1980 when the population was estimated at fewer than 70. Today, through numerous releases, selective predator control, and support from numerous wildlife conservation groups, the population estimate is 645, far exceeding the delisting criteria under the state Wildlife Conservation Act.

Speculation is that hunters can expect to see about a dozen desert bighorn sheep hunts next year ... perhaps with 1 license available to non-residents?

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