|This beautiful animal was observed as he casually walked through the high desert near the Guadelupe Mountains National Park in Western Texas. While Desert Bighorn Sheep are native to West Texas, the introduction of domestic sheep by early ranchers spread diseases to native populations of Desert Bighorns. Because these wild animals did not have the ability to fight the diseases, the entire population of Texan Desert Bighorns was wiped out by the early 1960s. A re-introduction effort was engineered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Bighorn Society in the 1970's and continues today. At present, the re-introduction of Desert Bighorns is a success story that has resulted in good populations of wild Desert Bighorns on many of our West Texas mountain ranges -- Jeff Heinatz, photographer.|
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