Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Data were collected from May 1988 to May 1989 to aid in the development of a management program for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (BICA). A principle goal of the management program at BICA is to promote the continued expansion of a reintroduced population of bighorn sheep throughout its ancestral habitat (BICA 1984). In previous research at BICA (Coates and Schemnitz 1988) we identified 3 factors as potentially limiting to herd expansion: visitor and/or vehicular disturbance of bighorns (especially reproductive ewes), competition with horses for a limited supply of grasses, and possible genetic constraints on recruitment (i.e., inbreeding depression) resulting from small founder group size.
Coates, Kevin P. and Schemnitz, Sanford D.
"Cardiac Telemetry, Natality, and Food Habits of Bighorn Sheep at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area,"
University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Center Annual Report: Vol. 13
, Article 3.
Available at: https://repository.uwyo.edu/uwnpsrc_reports/vol13/iss1/3