#6 Koepa: The Natural History and Conservation of The Bighorn

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A conversation with Mark Penninger about the natural history and conservation of the bighorn sheep. Mark is the Forest Biologist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and a bighorn sheep and mountain goat specialist.

Called the "koepa" by the Northern Paiute people, the bighorn sheep is an icon of the mountain West; yet complex disease issues have stalled its complete recovery. Mark discusses the history of bighorn conservation, its life history, management, and how sheep conservationists are trying to solve pressing challenges to sheep recovery.

Links for listeners:

Sheep Conservation Strategy from WAFWA:

https://www.wafwa.org/Documents%20and%20Settings/37/Site%20Documents/Working%20Groups/Wild%20Sheep/Publications/Bighorn%20Sheep%20Conservation%20Challenges%20-%20Management%20Strategies%20-%2021st%20Century-Reduced.pdf

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