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Disease Outbreak Puts Early End to Bighorn Sheep Hunt
State biologists estimate that a pneumonia outbreak has killed 40% of a bighorn sheep herd near Yellowstone National Park, leading to an emergency early closure of the hunting season. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Karen Loveless stated she suspects the bighorn sheep contracted pneumonia from comingling with domestic sheep herds on nearby private lands. TWS has recently released a joint issue statement covering this topic.
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