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Thirty bighorn sheep were released in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson in 2013, and more were brought in each of the next three years. The sheep struggled at first with mountain lions and disease leading to a number of deaths. The animals now appear to be thriving, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.

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Bighorn sheep thrive in mountains near Tucson

An estimated 85 bighorn sheep were living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson this spring after a reintroduction effort that began four years ago, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.