A ewe "flew in" to the processing site near the Grande Ronde River. A herd of elk is on the hillside in the background.
Asotin Bighorn Sheep Capture Operation: District 3 biologists and wildlife health staff planned and participated in a two-day bighorn sheep capture in Asotin Creek and at Heller Bar. Wildlife Area and Private Lands staff also participated in this operation. A total of 40 ewes and lambs were captured with a helicopter during the two-day project. Numerous volunteers from within the agency, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Washington State University, Department of Agriculture, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provided vital assistance to the operation. The goal of the capture operation was to test as many ewes and lambs as feasible to identify the individuals that are shedding Mycoplasma ovipneumonia bacteria, the hypothesized individuals that are causing lamb mortalities during the spring/early-summer.