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Nebraska bighorn sheep receive new monitoring devices

CHADRON, Neb. – More than 50 bighorn sheep are carrying new equipment to help the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission track and aid their populations, some of which are struggling in areas of the state.

The sheep were equipped with monitoring devices after a helicopter capture crew caught them at five locations in the Panhandle last weekend. In all, 51 sheep were captured.

Todd Nordeen, big game research and disease program manager for the Commission, said the GPS models will allow for remote monitoring via satellite and provide valuable habitat use data.

This year, the lambs will be given antibiotics to bolster their chances of survival and hopefully develop a class of animals for reproduction.




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