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Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby treadwell » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:08 am

Looks like some interesting fishing spots could become accessible again.

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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions to be Eliminated

Postby windknot » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:20 am

Wow, this is interesting news. I appreciate your posting this!

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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:39 am

Thanks for posting this, I have all ways had a fascination with these creatures, now
I will have a better chance in photographing them within there own environment.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:07 pm

treadwell wrote:Looks like some interesting fishing spots could become accessible again.

Well it's not as if those spots were not accessible, but the time window (ie when thawed but allowable access) to visit them was rather narrow (I managed to do this after a moderately heavy winter in 1996--in fact those lakes are not particularly late-thawing). I do look forward to having a better opportunity to see bighorns. I still have yet to see one (at least alive--I've come across two carcasses).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby treadwell » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:37 pm

giantbrookie wrote:
treadwell wrote:Looks like some interesting fishing spots could become accessible again.

Well it's not as if those spots were not accessible, but the time window (ie when thawed but allowable access) to visit them was rather narrow (I managed to do this after a moderately heavy winter in 1996--in fact those lakes are not particularly late-thawing). I do look forward to having a better opportunity to see bighorns. I still have yet to see one (at least alive--I've come across two carcasses).


Accessible to us warm weather hikers anyway. Ironically the only bighorn sheep I've seen in the Sierra were from the driver seat of my car. They were standing just off the road on the shoulder of Hwy 120 just east of Ellery Lake in the early am.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby quentinc » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:52 am

Wonderful -- would open the window wide for climbing Williamson, even in snowy years (for us ice-axe-adverse hikers :))

I always wondered how they decided that people climbing Williamson would somehow interfere with the dating behavior of bighorn sheep in the first place. They mate on the trail? Makes me think of that song on the White Album -- "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:03 pm

I saw 5 bighorn sheep on 4th July weekend about 5 years ago, up Tuttle Creek. Evidently nobody told them that they were off their protected area! I have seen many more bighorn in the Wind River Mountains. They are even hunted there. Yes, I would be very happy to get into the Williamson area at a bit later date.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby mokelumnekid » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:45 pm

Oh man, I can imagine the rush- folks figuring that the USFS may reverse itself in a year or two...get into those peaks while ya can. You can bet I will!
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby sierramel » Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:29 pm

I'm happy for the sheep that they appear to be doing so well. Things were looking pretty bleak for them for awhile. I've seen them up in the Tioga Pass area (back in the early '90's), and again up in the high country up out of the Golden Trout Wilderness.
But if some of the avenues of egress to the backcountry to get back there include Baxter and Sawmill Passes, I don't think the rush will be unprecedented. Nobody in their right minds climbs in that way.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby sierramel » Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:34 pm

.....BTW -
Has anyone seen the documentary "Counting Sheep" that Joe Green released in 2004 on the Bighorns? Nearly all the filming was done out of the Rae Lakes area, Mt. Williamson, Baxter Pass, etc.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby richlong8 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:11 am

Great info. I have seen sheep on a climb of Lone PIne Pk. and years ago, in the Baxter Pass area.
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Re: Bighorn Sheep Restrictions may be Eliminated

Postby richlong8 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:32 pm

Followup: I talked to Leeann Murphy, Wildlife Biologist @ White Mt. Ranger Station in Bishop today. She verified that the ranger has authorized effective this year to lift the bighorn sheep restrictions. A person should be able to get details when they get their wilderness permit.

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