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Video: Catching Bighorn Sheep With a Helicopter and Net Gun

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January 22, 2014

Video: Catching Bighorn Sheep With a Helicopter and Net Gun

By David Draper

I should start this article with the caveat don’t try this at home, but I don’t suspect anyone would ever have the need or even the opportunity to hobble a bighorn sheep unless he’s a wildlife professional like these guys. This video, shot by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, shows the wildlife division’s efforts, along with help from the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, to trap 40 bighorn sheep from the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana and transport them to South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands.

The guy who does the sheep wrestling is called a mugger, and that’s a pretty apt description of what he does to get the sheep hobbled, blindfolded and into a harness for aerial transportation to the livestock trailers that will ultimately take them on a 12-hour ride to South Dakota. It’s hard to imagine what the sheep are thinking throughout this process, but at the end of the full video they’re released healthily, if not happily, into their new home where they’ll provide genetic diversity to established herds.

Watch the full video here.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 13 weeks 1 day ago

Ok. That was cool. And a bit cold too. Open door helicopter, in the winter, at high altitude moving at X miles an hour.

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from MaxPower wrote 13 weeks 1 day ago

Pretty interesting to watch. Wonder if I could volunteer to help on one of these, probably be the closest I ever get to a Bighorn.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 13 weeks 1 day ago

Ok. That was cool. And a bit cold too. Open door helicopter, in the winter, at high altitude moving at X miles an hour.

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from MaxPower wrote 13 weeks 1 day ago

Pretty interesting to watch. Wonder if I could volunteer to help on one of these, probably be the closest I ever get to a Bighorn.

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