Why are Mountain Lions being killed in California’s Sierra Nevadas in order to protect Big Horn Sheep? Can the sheep not survive otherwise?

Is this something that will have to go on indefinitely or just until the Big Horn Sheep population reaches a larger mass?



  1. mle
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    From what I’m finding it sounds like the Big Horn Sheep population is so small that mountain lion predation is a significant problem.  In addition, the threat of mountain lion predation seems to be forcing the Big Horns to winter at higher elevation, causing higher rates of mortality and lower reproduction rates since there is less food and harsher conditions.

    According to the report below, the removal of mountain lions will only last until the sheep population has reached a size that can withstand predation.  A similar management approach was used successfully with the  desert bighorn sheep population in New Mexico.

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