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Bighorn sheep in Panhandle now sporting hardware to track diseases

Posted at 11:08 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 00:14:31-05

CHADRON, Neb. — Wildlife professionals captured, processed and released bighorn sheep in the Panhandle this week.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission provided photos and video.

The sheep received new tracking collars, ear tags and some received new implant transmitters. The animals also underwent tissue samples and vaccinations. According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, they've ramped up monitoring efforts in recent years to combat disease issues with Nebraska's bighorn sheep. They also will study lamb mortality.

They processed about 48 sheep. Seven chronically ill ewes were taken to South Dakota State for additional study.

A team of about 50 people with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, South Dakota State University, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, the Lincoln Zoo, private veterinarians and the Alliance Animal Clinic helped with this effort.