KINGMAN - Along U.S. 93, visible to passing motorists, a helicopter passes by with an individual hanging out the door, and other people can be seen with binoculars looking at the hillsides.
Those looking through binoculars were providing direction to the helicopter in regards to desert bighorn sheep in the area. The individual hanging out of the helicopter, who was held in place with a tether, was a Game and Fish employee waiting to net gun and collar the animals for research.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Kingman office will conduct a presentation on Captures and Relocations from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Mohave County Library in Kingman. The library, located at 3269 Burbank, has seating for 52.
Another effort involved the capture and relocation of bighorn sheep from the Virgin Gorge to Hell's Half Acre outside of Wikieup, and pronghorn from the Chino Valley area moved to locations that had undergone habitat restoration.
Game and Fish wildlife program manager Jeff Pebworth will discuss why such efforts take place, why they are important, the value of the information collected, and the critical aspect of restoring historical populations around Arizona.
"This is going to be an entertaining, educational, and enlightening presentation," said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Kingman office. "The department continually strives to restore populations around the state that were extirpated for any number of reasons."
For more information, contact Mocarski at (928) 692-7700, ext. 2301.