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of sign - Rest area west of Jeffrey City on U.S. 287
taken May 2008
view of sign
view of sign
the wind-blown mountain slopes south and west of Dubois winters the worlds
largest herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
was once found throughout all mountain habitats of the Rockies; today its
range is but a remnant. The Sheep-eater
once hunted the mountains and basins of the Winds. The Wind River Mountains
high to the west of this site are inhabited
elk, mule deer and mountain sheep in the summer. These herds migrate to
lower elevation wind-swept slopes and shrub-
basins to winter. The Whiskey Basin sheep population has become an
important source of sheep for western American
to expand the bighorn's range and improve the long-term welfare of the
species. Through the use of transplanting and
the herd in this area is maintained at about 1000 wintering bighorns.
Each year excess animals are transplanted to reoccupy
ranges, or supplement bighorn herds the western U.S. and Canada.
winds constantly blow and keep the foothill vegetation exposed for wintering
wildlife. In the rainshadow of the Wind River
the basin does not generally retain deep snow cover. As a result, the
shrubs and grasses in this area provide an
winter food source for wildlife.
winds play on the landscape to help make "Wyoming's Wildlife-Worth the
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