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Brian Wakeling, game branch chief from the Phoenix office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, grabs a bighorn ram by the horns to guide it out of its pen and toward Mount Wilson, located nearby. All the sheep headed for the mountains and effortlessly ran up the slopes.

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Bighorn relocation aimed at herd health, research

The Arizona Game and Fish Department transplanted 24 desert bighorn sheep from a robust population near Oatman to a struggling population in the Mount Wilson Wilderness Area near Lake Mead. Game and Fish personnel, Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society members and other volunteers helped in the efforts to increase the herd at Mount Wilson.