New water stations to help bighorn affected by drought

New water stations will provide more water access to bighorns facing drought in Southern California.
Credit: California Department of Fish and Game photo by Tim Glenner

In response to desert watering drying up due to drought in Southern California, conservationists are planning to install water stations in inland desert areas for bighorn sheep.  With limited amounts of water resources currently available, bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) herds are likely to move less. That lack of movement can lead to inbreeding or other problems for the species, scientists say. To remedy the situation, the nonprofit Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep is planning to install 90 water stations throughout the Mojave Desert, Chuckwalla Valley area, and in other places. Those stations will be made up of rain catchers with underground storage tanks and a box for the sheep to drink out of at the top of the tank.

Read more in U.S. News and World Report.