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16 of 31 Bighorn sheep moved to Tucson are now dead
KVOA.com ^ | 17 March 2014 | Anonymous

Posted on 03/17/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT by Mr Rogers

From 3 months ago:

"TUCSON - Thirty one Bighorn sheep that were relocated to the Catalina mountains Monday are thriving, according to Arizona Game and Fish officials. Their movements are being tracked using GPS collars. News 4 Tucson was given insight into their first few hours on their new turf. If you live in, or visit Pusch Ridge grab your binoculars, you're in for a sight...The cost of the project is around $600,000. It's funded by private donations and fees from hunting and fishing licenses."

From a week ago:

"Officials said a mountain lion killed the ewe they found in the Catalinas Sunday. Hunters tracked and killed the offending mountain lion. The 15th death was discovered on Tuesday, when a dead ram was found. The cause of the ram's death is under investigation. Out of the 6 relocated rams, 1 is still alive."

From today:

"TUCSON - Game and Fish has reported a mountain lion has killed another relocated bighorn sheep. This is the 16th death so far of the 31 sheep who were moved from a mountain area near Yuma to the Catalinas."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: wildlife
I don't mind the private donations, but with only 1 ram left alive and the remaining ewes being picked off by one mountain lion after another, it is beginning to look like a $600,000 program to justify killing off the cougars!

Your hunting fees at work. I guess it could be worse...if Tucson or Pima County got hold of the cash, it would be lining the pockets of brother-in-laws or building bike trails to nowhere.

1 posted on 03/17/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: Mr Rogers

We’re stuck on stupid.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 4:00:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Mr Rogers

Bighorn sheep dying at the same time a plane full of people disappears?

This is really suspicious.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 4:01:54 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Mr Rogers
Ya don't get those kinda results without an advanced degree.

</snort>

4 posted on 03/17/2014 4:03:34 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Mr Rogers
Bighorns had roamed the Catalinas until the 1990s. It's not known for certain what caused that herd to die off.

Gee...I think they have finally figured out that little mystery...

They were on the menu...

5 posted on 03/17/2014 4:05:00 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mr Rogers

Looks like they need to have $600k literacy program for the bighorn sheep.

6 posted on 03/17/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Mr Rogers

Hmm...dead bighorn sheep. Blood trails. Half-eaten carcasses. Mountain lions with stuffed bellies. There has to be a connection here, but I’m just not seeing it...


7 posted on 03/17/2014 4:08:45 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Mr Rogers

Sounds like a more liberal lion tag policy would be in order. Say, 2 or 3 per year instead of just one.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 4:09:31 PM PDT by HiJinx (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: Rodamala

How about a mountain lion project to populate the Texan thru Arizona border areas. Border guards don’t have any work to do there, at least some cats can be kept fed.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 4:10:09 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Mr Rogers

A friend was telling me of a pair of hunters in his party who were confronted by a mountain lion near Williams, Arizona (west of Flagstaff). He said that they were perplexed on how to react since they thought they would be in trouble if they shot it. I asked why they didn’t fire a warning shot. My friend pointed out that they were bow hunting! :)


10 posted on 03/17/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Mr Rogers
a $600,000 program to justify killing off the cougars!

HEY, NOW!!!?...I'm a cougar fan from way back....MrsSgtBob is now a cougar8^)>

11 posted on 03/17/2014 4:18:10 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
a $600,000 program to justify killing off the cougars!

A lot of the singles bar owners would object I'm sure.

12 posted on 03/17/2014 4:22:49 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Mr Rogers

Tastes just like chicken.. or is it spotted owl?

oh vell.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 4:23:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: C210N

Keep your cats away from the ranch, we’ve killed 3 in 17 years, Big Cat’s, Coyotes and feral hog’s are shot on sight.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 4:29:32 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Billthedrill

Now don’t ya go jumpin ta conclusions there and bein bias to no mountain lions, pilgrim..

It aint terrorist mountain lions..


15 posted on 03/17/2014 4:30:49 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Don Corleone

Never seen a “couples” bar, as most are spatting on the way out...;-)


16 posted on 03/17/2014 4:31:23 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: Mr Rogers

burp!


17 posted on 03/17/2014 4:31:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Mr Rogers

“Out of the 6 relocated rams, 1 is still alive.”

There’s your prime suspect. He wants all the females for himself. Kind of like The Professor taking out all the others so he could be alone with Ginger and Mary Ann.


18 posted on 03/17/2014 4:32:53 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Mr Rogers

are there Mooslims?


19 posted on 03/17/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: C210N

Dear environmentalist group, thank you for the hors d’ouevres you most graciously sent to us. Please send the next shipment with finishing sauce and some toothpicks.

Sincerely,

The Cats.....Burpppp


20 posted on 03/17/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots needed!)
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To: Mr Rogers

The picture would not look like this if the sheep were issued CCW permits and were carrying.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 4:37:16 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Mr Rogers

All governments and bureaucracies are the same.
Chock full of armchair experts.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 4:39:35 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: C210N

Good Idea! Though... I say that the whole border could be a Global Hawk training range.... but sure enough the kid gamers flying those platforms would eventually be set loose on you and I.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 4:39:35 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Some of these folks need to look south to Texas, we’ll show them how to relocate exotic’s.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 4:44:14 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

The feral hogs on our ranch are so nocturnal that we never see them unless they walk in front of a game camera. How are you killing yours?

Ours also avoid the hog traps too.


25 posted on 03/17/2014 4:50:47 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Rodamala

If you encounter a Mountain Lion pull out your Springfield Armory .40 cal and place two-four successive personal defense rounds in its brain. :-)


26 posted on 03/17/2014 4:58:59 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Offending lion? Apparently this is a crime akin to murder.

Actually it's called nature.

27 posted on 03/17/2014 5:16:04 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Ditter

Our country is pretty open and I’m all over the ranch everyday, picked up a Panther Arms LR 308 for a little more firepower. That and a CZ 527 in 223 pretty well have me covered.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 5:18:38 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Ditter

ATN ThOR thermal imaging scope mounted on a Sig 716 7.62x51 rifle.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 5:22:04 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Maybe Alferd Packer is still around up in the mountains:

"You voracious man-eating son of a bitch, there was 31 Democrats in Pima County and you ate 16 of them. G_d d_mn you! I sentence you to be hanged by the neck until you are dead, Dead, DEAD, as a warning against reducing the Democratic population of Pima County. Packer, you Republican cannibal, I would sentence you to Hell but the statutes forbid it."

30 posted on 03/17/2014 5:25:58 PM PDT by x
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To: Dusty Road

We don’t see the hogs in the day time. Also we have a 4 lane highway and a county airport plus a county road and neighbors too close for comfort. Also I forgot a state prison farm on our entire southern side. If we did see them we would have to be close and very careful.

I was hoping you were going to tell me about some new fool proof hog trap.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 5:36:11 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: the_Watchman
they thought they would be in trouble if they shot it.

Shoot, shovel, and shut up.

32 posted on 03/17/2014 6:05:37 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Rodamala

Missed a panel on the sign .... pull out your 45 and shoot the damn thing ... again and again until it stops moving!


33 posted on 03/17/2014 6:27:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (WWP and Paralyed Veterans Assoc. doing the work the U.S. Veterans Administration won't do!)
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To: Mr Rogers

Maybe they were afraid the sheep would took. A dead sheep tells no tales.


34 posted on 03/17/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: Rodamala

Neighborhood watch with a private air force flying CAP.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 8:01:51 PM PDT by Ozark Tom
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To: Slings and Arrows
Woolly nom-noms?

Big Kitteh PING

36 posted on 03/17/2014 11:44:00 PM PDT by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: OSHA

“Hey! What are you eating?”

“Mutton, honey.”


37 posted on 03/18/2014 12:17:23 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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