ENDANGERED SPECIES PROFILE
WHO? Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)
WHAT? Listed as a federally endangered species
WHEN? March 18, 1998
WHERE? In the United States (from Palm Springs, CA south to the U.S./Mexico international border)
WHY? Substantial population declines due to disease, predation, habitat loss, and human disturbance
Yes, bighorn sheep are endangered and face extinction with one subspecies already gone. Their numbers have dwindled to less than 3% of the estimated 1.5 million of the early 1800s. Hunting has been prohibited or controlled since the early 1900s, but it still happens and is one of the main threats of bighorn sheep; other threats are diseases like pneumonia, human encroachment on habitats, and predators that include mountain lions, bears, wolves, coyotes, and lynx.
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