Sheep Grazing in the San Juan Mountains

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Sheep Grazing in the San Juan Mountains

Date: 10/25/2021     State: CO     Issues: Transmission Corridors, Wildlife     Partners: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, San Juan Citizens Alliance Airport Origin : Durango, CO    


Show public officials, conservation partners, and the media locations of sheep allotments in the high elevation San Juan Mountains. Educate on the potential and current concerns of domestic sheep in this region. Highlight solutions to maintain grazing in the region while respecting wildlife and the environment.

The San Juan Mountain range is home to precious wildlife and domestic grazing animals. Expert management is necessary to ensure wild and domestic populations safely coinhabit the region.

Removal of sheep grazing allotments in the high elevation of the San Juans is needed to create a harmonious balance between nature and husbandry. Closure of certain U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management allotments will prevent transmission of deadly pathogens from domestic to bighorn sheep. The closure of these allotments will create livestock-free zones that will benefit the environment and provide a much more natural landscape for species to flourish. Livestock-free zones are also crucial to avoiding future conflicts with wolves when populations are reestablished in the San Juans. Sheep grazing must be managed with special precaution to avoid conflicts with wildlife and maintain the pristine beauty and environmental values of the San Juans.

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