Return Bighorn Sheep to the Heart of Yosemite’s Wilderness - 2016

Yosemite Conservancy is reintroducing iconic Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep into the high country.

Disease, predation and hunting caused Yosemite’s population of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep to plummet in the 20th century. In 2015, with support from Conservancy donors, a bighorn herd was released into Yosemite's Cathedral Range, marking the endangered mammal's return to the heart of the park's wilderness for the first time in 100 years. 

In 2016, thanks to your gifts, scientists used GPS monitoring to keep an eye on the Cathedral herd from afar; conducted field surveys to check on the bighorns; and searched for signs of potential predators, such as mountain lions and golden eagles. 

Thanks to your support, bighorn experts have been able to continue working toward the long-term goal of establishing a self-sustaining herd of bighorn in Yosemite.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Learn more about releasing the Cathedral herd in 2015, and conducting sheep and predator surveys.

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Project Notes
Yosemite Conservancy is reintroducing iconic Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep into the high country.

Monitoring Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, in conjunction with public outreach and education, is enhancing understanding of this iconic alpine species.

Sarah Stock
Wildlife Biologist
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Nature Notes: Bighorn Sheep

Watch Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep on their first day in the rugged alpine landscape of Yosemite.