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Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep In Sequoia Kings Canyon - Bubbs Creek

Bubbs Creek herd movement data

 

Recent Events

  • 09/26/2018 4 Lambs were spotted with a group of 10 sheep by the field crew in the basin to the West of Gardiner Basin. This is the largest group seen all year in the Bubbs herd unit.
  • 06/09/2016 S315 was located near Mt. Clarence King.

Large ram group on granite slabs in the Rae Lakes basin.
Large ram group on granite slabs in the Rae Lakes basin.

A solitary ewe enjoying a fall day getting a few more choice bites before winter.
Photo by Steve Yaeger - A solitary ewe enjoying a fall day getting a few more choice bites before winter.

 

The Bubbs Creek herd unit was naturally re-colonized by Sierra bighorn in the late 90s to early 2000s. The SNBSRP began collaring animals from Bubbs Creek in 2009. In 2014 we estimated there were approximately 27 bighorn there. This herd unit is relatively difficult to access and small in population size, which makes it challenging to monitor. Many of our important observations from this herd have come from hikers who send photographs of bighorn sheep seen there. We routinely see rams moving between Sawmill Canyon, Mount Baxter, and Bubbs creek ensuring good gene flow.



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