Public meeting on restoring bighorn sheep to the Santa Catalinas | Environment
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Coronado National Forest and an advisory committee of informed local stakeholders will be conducting a public information meeting, on its recommendation that the state reintroduce desert bighorn sheep to the Santa Catalina Mountains.
WHEN: September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 S Clubhouse Dive.
The plan is to release the first 30 bighorn sheep to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness this fall, with the ultimate goal of more than 100 animals after three consecutive years of re-introductions. This total figure includes anticipated lamb births, estimated yearling survival rates, and natural mortality.
Santa Catalina Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project’s ultimate goal is to restore a healthy, viable and self-sustaining population of desert bighorn sheep to the range; to ’coexist with an equally healthy native predator population in a naturally functioning ecosystem.’
According to a news release from Arizona Game and Fish, the project “dovetails with a larger, holistic restoration effort to mitigate human impacts, improve habitat in the Catalinas and return fire as a natural process necessary for proper habitat functioning.”
Featured at the meeting will be a panel discussion by members of the advisory committee, established in December 2012 and comprised of local representatives from the following organizations who are working closely with Arizona Game and Fish Department and Coronado National Forest personnel:
- Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society,
- The Wilderness Society,
- Sky Island Alliance,
- Arizona Wilderness Coalition,
- Center for Biological Diversity.