BUTTE, Mont. — Wildlife officials have approved a hunt to kill 12 chronically diseased bighorn sheep in the Tendoy Mountains.
The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2bxEoep ) that Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission voted Monday to approve the hunt that would begin Sept. 15.
There is no limit to the number of licenses that will be sold. Licenses will cost $125 per resident and $1,250 per nonresident.
This is the second hunt approved for the sick sheep.
The wild sheep in the Tendoys southeast of Dillon have experienced major die-offs due to pneumonia twice in the last 25 years.
Attempts to augment the population by bringing in healthy sheep have been unsuccessful.
After the population is removed, officials plan to restock the area with healthy animals.
This version corrects that there will be no limit to the number of licenses sold.
Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com