Capulin Volcano National Monument resource management staff participated with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish personnel in a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep radio collaring project over the course of two days in early March.
The park volunteered staff time as part of efforts to form a working partnership with state agencies. This experience gave staff the opportunity to get up close and personal with these large mammals, which have occasionally been seen within the monument’s boundaries.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were first introduced by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to the Dry Cimarron Region in 2007, with the original herd numbering approximately 50 animals. Since then, the herd has more than doubled in size and has dispersed throughout the region, with sightings at Capulin Volcano last summer.
Together, Department of New Mexico Game and Fish and NPS employees radio-tagged thirteen sheep. Seven sheep from the same area were collared the week before. These collared sheep will be used to monitor the progress and dispersion of the herd.