Monday, October 22, 2018

Urban bighorn sheep climbing to nuisance peak in Deadwood

Yep, South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder has forced wildlife management on someone else again after losing control of another self-created crisis.

After the 2002 Grizzly Gulch Fire opened nearly 13,000 acres of overgrown and beetle-killed ponderosa pine invasive weeds and cheatgrass moved in because cars and hunters have killed off most of the native elk, white-tailed and mule deer.

Now, a herd of disease-prone bighorn sheep, likely seeking relative protection from cougars orphaned by one of GFP's other failed policies, has moved right in and made themselves at home within the City of Deadwood causing traffic snarls and wreaking havoc on gardens and lawns.
Until now, no natural water sources existed on Sunrise Mountain. “Installation of a guzzler to collect water on Sunrise Mountain provides bighorn sheep and other wildlife with a safe, secluded, high elevation water source that could potentially reduce the need for them to travel through Deadwood and across busy highways in search of water,” said Valerie McKean, Northern Hills Wildlife Biologist, Black Hills National Forest. The new guzzler is located within the Deadwood Fuels Project which is being implemented over the next 5 years by the City of Deadwood, SDDAWFD, SDDOC and Black Hills National Forest. [press release, Black Hills National Forest]
The below video has been lifted from Bob Reiling.

During the Sturgis Rally riders loop through Aladdin to Hulett and Devils Tower then back through Sundance. Highways are often crowded to capacity and drunken bikers can be seen weaving over every roadway in the Black Hills. Collisions with deer and bighorn sheep regularly injure and kill motorcyclists.

The reasoning is hardly mysterious: it's all about the money hunting and subsidized grazing bring to the South Dakota Republican Party depleting watersheds and smothering habitat under single-party rule.

The stills below have been lifted from Sandy Smith Bittner.

Events like these are hardly unexpected in a Republican-choked state that stages an annual mock bison roundup appropriated from indigenous cultures and keeps a drove of allegorical mooching donkeys in a park named for a war criminal as a slap in the face to a feckless South Dakota Democratic Party.

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