The Road Home for Bighorn Sheep in Texas

The Road Home for Bighorn Sheep in Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

AUSTIN, Texas –-( Video of bighorn sheep being released in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Decades after desert bighorn sheep disappeared from Big Bend Ranch State Park, they’re back!

There are more now than there were 100 years ago, fulfilling one goal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife strategic management plan for the park.

In late December, forty-six rams and ewes bolted from their trailers (caught on video) oblivious to the complex planning and coordination described in this press release among agencies, biologists, environmentalists, volunteers, and just plain fans of these magnificent animals who made the homecoming possible.

The decades-long success story has been underway since the 1950s and ‘60s when bighorn sheep were reintroduced in West Texas in a process that, although difficult and dangerous, has ultimately led to successful bighorn management. This video describes the early history.

See what life is like for Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Scott Lerich from Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area who describes living in the beauty of the west Texas desert habitat and working with the magnificent bighorn sheep.

The Mission of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, (TPWD), is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Visit:

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