By Renny MacKay
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is trying to be proactive to protect bighorn sheep after a large number of the animals in several western states died from pneumonia last winter. The Game and Fish's Bighorn Sheep Coordinator, Kevin Hurley, says about 900 bighorn sheep died, but only two in Wyoming. Already this year two more sheep have come down with pneumonia, but they were killed by the Game and Fish Department. Hurley says it is not a reason to panic, but it is worth keeping an eye on.
"It is a bit puzzling to me. This time of year doesn't seem like it would be the time of year for pneumonia to manifest itself, it is more of a winter type issue rather than summer."
Hurley says little is known about how the bighorn sheep caught pneumonia, but they want to get the sick animals out of the herds as quickly as possible to test them and determine a source.