plan of Bighorn Sheep

KINGMAN, Ariz.  –– The Arizona Game and Fish Department has extended its public comment period for the draft Black Mountain Desert Bighorn Sheep Management Plan to Aug. 15.

The initial deadline for comment was Aug. 1, but officials with the department felt it was important to extend that deadline.

“This is an important document that is going to drive our agency’s efforts in regards to the conservation of bighorn sheep in the Black Mountains,” said Bob Posey, the department’s Kingman regional supervisor. “It’s vital the public has a window of opportunity to comment on this document.”

The bighorn sheep in the Black Mountains near Kingman are facing a variety of issues, including predation, habitat fragmentation, drought, and competition with non-native species. This document addresses these concerns and defines future management efforts.

 “These sheep belong to the public,” said Kevin Morgan, habitat program manager in Kingman. “For this reason, it’s important the public provide input to help us best manage this important resource.”

Comments can be submitted through the web site  or mailed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd., Kingman, AZ  86409.

Please get out there and give these people your comments and give them as much support as you possibly can.