Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep In Sequoia Kings Canyon - Big Arroyo

Big Arroyo herd movement data

 

Recent Events

  • 4/3/2019 During the winter in the Big Arroyo most bighorn move to areas with wind scoured slopes in order to find vegetation to consume.
  • 5/10/2018 Several ewes primarily used the east facing slopes above the Kern River near Funston Creek.
  • 7/13/2016 3 ewes and 3 lambs were seen near the Black Kaweah. There was a lot of good forage in this area.
  • 6/8/2016 13 sheep were observed on the south facing slopes of the Big Arroyo, including three lambs!

Summer habitat includes lush summer alpine forage and beautiful vistas.
Summer habitat includes lush summer alpine forage and beautiful vistas.

Winter in the Big Arroyo has more snow than more typical east-side habitat.
Winter in the Big Arroyo has more snow than more typical east-side habitat.
 

The Big Arroyo herd was reestablished in 2014 with the translocation of 14 Sierra bighorn from the Mt. Baxter and Wheeler Ridge herds. Two years after translocations, our best count of this herd was a total of 22 animals. Access to this herd is difficult, which gives us limited opportunity to monitor the bighorn on foot. Difficulties are compiled by the large amount of distance between different groups of bighorn in this herd unit.