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A bighorn sheep lies in the snow just south of Ennis, Montana.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Below the peaks of the Madison Range, south of Ennis, a herd of more than a dozen bighorn sheep are grazing among snow-covered sagebrush. It’s around freezing.

The animals, with their iconic curled horns, look healthy, but Garrett Long, with the Wild Sheep Foundation, tells me that restoring the animal’s population in the West is a big challenge.

Mountain goat in Glacier National Park.
Sally Mauk / MTPR

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the millions of tourists who visit Grand Teton National Park every year, but park officials say it might be time for the agile, bearded animals to go.

Park officials announced Tuesday they're taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats.

Skull and horns of new world record ram.
Dillon Tabish / FWP

The Olympics are barely underway, but there’s one world record that Montana already has locked down: world’s largest bighorn sheep ram.

The Boone and Crocket Club confirmed on Wednesday that a 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes at a Montana state park is a shoe-in as the new world record bighorn sheep.

Bighorn Sheep with suspected sore mouth disease.
Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park are getting a lot of attention over some not-so-pretty close ups. Photos on the park’s Flickr page show multiple rams with swollen, distorted mouths.

Park officials said Monday that the photos are believed to depict the park’s first known cases of a sore mouth disease known as contagious ecthyma.

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Gracie hazes mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.
Nicky Ouellet

Glacier National Park has a new ranger. Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Starting in mid-July, Gracie will herd mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.

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