More than a century ago, thousands of the wooly animals roamed Nebraska’s plains, but they were all but wiped out in the early 1900s by unregulated hunting, disease and a loss of habitat.
This week, 40 bighorn sheep were captured in the Canadian Rockies near Edmonton.
The 35 ewes and five rams were trucked to northwestern Nebraska and released on private land near Harrison.
For three decades, the state Game and Parks Commission has been working to reintroduce the sheep.
These 40 were relocated with funds generated by the auction and sale of just 17 bighorn hunting permits that’ve been issued since 1998.