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Wyoming Winds


Location of sign - Rest area west of Jeffrey City on U.S. 287 in Wyoming.


Photo taken May 2008


Wyoming Winds, Wyoming Winds road sign

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Wyoming Winds

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Text of sign:


Wyoming Winds


On the wind-blown mountain slopes south and west of Dubois winters the worlds largest herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

The bighorn was once found throughout all mountain habitats of the Rockies; today its range is but a remnant.  The Sheep-eater 

Indians once hunted the mountains and basins of the Winds.  The Wind River Mountains high to the west of this site are inhabited 

by elk, mule deer and mountain sheep in the summer.  These herds migrate to lower elevation wind-swept slopes and shrub-

covered basins to winter.  The Whiskey Basin sheep population has become an important source of sheep for western American

efforts to expand the bighorn's range and improve the long-term welfare of the species.  Through the use of transplanting and 

hunting the herd in this area is maintained at about 1000 wintering bighorns.  Each year excess animals are transplanted to reoccupy

former ranges, or supplement bighorn herds the western U.S. and Canada.


The winds constantly blow and keep the foothill vegetation exposed for wintering wildlife.  In the rainshadow of the Wind River 

Mountains the basin does not generally retain deep snow cover.  As a result, the shrubs and grasses in this area provide an

available winter food source for wildlife.


The winds play on the landscape to help make "Wyoming's Wildlife-Worth the Watching"


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