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RMBS collaborates with numerous Federal and State agencies, other non-governmental organizations, and private consulting firms
to further bighorn sheep conservation, research, and hunting opportunities throughout the United States.

RMBS has provided financial resources, equipment, and/or volunteer personnel over the past 30 years for numerous projects, as
described below.
RMBS 2012 Projects - $51,055

New Mexico Desert Bighorns - $2,500
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has an aggressive control program for mountain lions that prey on desert bighorn sheep.  
The RMBS contributed to the program for the fifth consecutive year. In part due to the outstanding success of this program, desert
bighorns have been de-listed from Threatened status in the state.

Love Meadow Weed Control and Revegetation - $3,155
The RMBS paid for herbicide, fertilizer and equipment to control noxious weeds and replant a few areas on Love State Wildlife Area. The
revegetation work began in 2007 and continued in 2008, with funds provided by RMBS. This area is used frequently by bighorn sheep.

Disease and Vaccine Research, Washington State University - $6,000
The RMBS continued support of ongoing disease transmission and vaccine work at by Dr. Sri Srikumaran at Washington State University.
Dr. Sri’s research is a two-pronged approach, which includes preventing transmission of particularly harmful bacterium to bighorn sheep,
and developing a vaccine to make them resistant to that bacterium. This is the second year RMBS has supported this phase of Dr. Sri’s
work.

Youth Hunts - $2,400
The RMBS gave the Colorado Parks Wildlife Hunter Outreach Program funding to sponsor big game hunts for 18 young hunters who had
never been hunting before. Hunts for cow elk and doe pronghorn took place in northwest Colorado throughout the fall.

S-13, S-25 and S-25 Spatial and Temporal Habitat Use Monitoring - $13,500
This project will assess the risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep in the upper Crystal River to bighorn sheep in the three
adjacent game management units. Collars will be placed on 9 rams from the three units to monitor distribution and movements of bighorn
sheep in relation to domestic grazing allotments. Blood work from captured bighorns will also help biologists develop a disease profile for
these herds.

RBS-21 Spatial and Temporal Habitat Use Monitoring - $23,500
This project also will monitor distribution and movements of bighorn sheep in S-33 through placement of 12 GPS collars on bighorn
sheep, to compliment current monitoring in adjacent S-21. There are currently 14 active and 11 vacant domestic sheep grazing allotments
in RBS-21. Data collected will help wildlife managers assess risk of interaction with domestic sheep and maintain effective separation
between bighorn sheep and domestics.

Auction and Raffle 2012 Projects
The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society transfers 75 percent of the bighorn sheep and mountain goat raffle and auction revenues to
Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These funds, combined with other sources, are allocated to various projects on an annual basis with input
from the RMBS, USFS and BLM regarding which projects should be funded.  In 2012, $231,115 was allocated from CPW raffle and
auction account for the following sheep projects and research.

S-13, S-25 and S-25 Spatial and Temporal Habitat Use Monitoring - $13,500
This project will assess the risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep in the upper Crystal River to bighorn sheep in the three
adjacent game management units. Collars will be placed on 9 rams from the three units to monitor distribution and movements of bighorn
sheep in relation to domestic grazing allotments. Blood work from captured bighorns will also help biologists develop a disease profile for
these herds.

RBS-21 Spatial and Temporal Habitat Use Monitoring - $40,660
This project also will monitor distribution and movements of bighorn sheep in S-33 through placement of 12 GPS collars on bighorn
sheep, to compliment current monitoring in adjacent S-21. There are currently 14 active and 11 vacant domestic sheep grazing allotments
in RBS-21. Data collected will help wildlife managers assess risk of interaction with domestic sheep and maintain effective separation
between bighorn sheep and domestics.

Raccoonpox-vectored Pasteurellaceae Vaccine Research - $25,000
Dr. Michael W. Miller of CPW and Dr. Jorge E. Osorio of the University of Wisconsin are developing a vaccine using raccoonpox virus as
a recombinant viral vector for delivering vaccine antigens to stimulate immunity from bacteria strains associated with bighorn sheep
respiratory disease outbreaks.

Feasibility and Cost of Neonatal Lamb Monitoring as a BHS Management Tool - $28,000
This pilot study by CPW will assess whether it is feasible and cost-effective to capture and monitor neonatal bighorn lambs in order to
determine causes of mortality and, based on findings, devise appropriate herd management strategies.

Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement on Dome Rock State Wildlife Area - $46,755
This project will thin and remove trees on 64 acres of bighorn sheep habitat on Dome Rock SWA, in the first of four planned phases of
work. The objective is to open migration travel corridors and encourage sheep to stay on the SWA. Currently sheep migrate to private
lands, where they are inaccessible to hunters during the late archery hunt and there is increased risk of interaction with domestic animals.

Battlement S-24 Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement - $50,000
This is the first phase of a plan to use prescribed fire to treat 1,600 acres bighorn sheep habitat that is overgrown with piñon-juniper,
Douglas-fir and mountain shrubs. The fires will open up travel corridors, improve visibility and increase bighorn sheep forage. Installation
of two water guzzlers is also planned post-fire.

Falls Gulch S-68 Bighorn Sheep Habitat Enhancement – $27,200
The second phase of this project will remove piñon and juniper trees on the remaining 47 acres of the 110 acre treatment area. The
project will increase visibility for bighorn sheep, improve habitat away from U.S. Hwy 50 to reduce bighorn motor vehicle access, and
improve grass and forb understory growth to alleviate agricultural conflicts on nearby hayfields.
2012 Projects
2011 Projects
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