Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep In Sequoia Kings Canyon - Taboose Creek

Taboose Creek Herd Movement Data

 

Recent Events

  • 10/21/2018 New collars were deployed in this herd unit to learn more about the Taboose Creek population. It is one population where we currently have minimal information.
  • 07/26/2018 Field staff recently spotted a group of 10 sheep being chased by a bobcat on the North side of Mt. Kidd! This kind of observation rarely happens.
  • 05/15/2017 Field staff recently spotted S412 with a newborn lamb in Red Mountain Creek. This is the first lamb to be seen in the Taboose Creek herd unit!

A group of ewes at the metamorphic - granitic boundary common in Pine Creek
Photo by Steve Yaeger - A group of ewes at the metamorphic - granitic boundary common in Pine Creek

Early spring leaves windblown areas where bighorn can find snow-free forage.
Early spring leaves windblown areas where bighorn can find snow-free forage.

 

The Taboose Creek herd unit was recently naturally recolonized by Sierra bighorn. The first sighting of a ram group was in 2009. In 2012 the SNBSRP started getting reports of ram sightings this this herd unit, and in 2014 we confirmed sightings of not only rams, but ewes as well, and officially recognized the herd as occupied. Two ewes were collared in 2015, in addition to the three rams that had already been collared. We have learned that many animals in Taboose travel back and forth from the Sawmill Canyon herd. Our best count of the Taboose Creek herd unit comes from observations compiled from 2014-2016, which confirmed the presence of at least 15 adult rams and three adult ewes.