National Bighorn Sheep Center

Whiskey Basin Collaborative Project

WHISKEY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP
UNDERSTANDING AND SOLUTIONS THROUGH COLLABORATION

WHAT’S GOING ON?
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in partnership with the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute is engaging in a public involvement process to explore management concerns, issues, and opportunities for the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep herd. The Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd was once one of the largest and most nationally recognized herds in the nation and it has been declining since an all age die-off in the early 1990’s. The herd continues to stay below the desired population size primarily because lamb survival is very low. At one time there were an estimated 2,500 sheep in this population; today there are about 750. WGFD needs your insight and ideas how to best manage this herd.

WHAT IS THIS?
This is an opportunity for ALL who are interested or concerned about these bighorn sheep. This process will provide an environment to share information and ideas to better understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities we face to, at minimum, arrest population decline in the Whiskey Mountain herd.

WHY DO THIS?
WGFD simply doesn’t have all the answers to turn this important bighorn sheep population around. There is much to be learned about how to best address this decline and perhaps implement new or different management strategies and projects to attempt to arrest and reverse this trend. To do this, we must consider a different approach that includes all who are interested and passionate about this herd.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
This approach will include a formal collaborative process and include people who care about and are knowledgeable about this herd. It will begin sometime later this summer and early fall with a “situation assessment” conducted by Jessica Western at the Ruckelshaus Institute that will include interviews with interested stakeholders which will help tailor the collaborative process. There will be three workshops, all held in Dubois, where we will WORK on specific subjects to share critical information, data, and ideas. We are also planning a Bighorn Sheep Summit in March to bring in “outside” experts from around the country to assist with charting a path forward.

WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?
The situation assessment will be conducted and finished by the fall of 2018. The collaborative workshops will begin in February 2019 and conclude in late winter or early spring. The Summit will be held in March 2019. Please check our programs-events calendar for specific workshop dates.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES?
Everyone involved will have a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities. Based on that understanding we will generate ideas and actionable items that can be addressed and/or implemented to hopefully improve conditions for this herd.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Everyone is “invited” and encouraged to participate in this process. WGFD and the National Bighorn Sheep Center will advertise the workshops and the summit online, on social media, local newspapers and radio stations. For more information on how to be involved or if you have questions, please contact Daryl Lutz at 307-335-2616.

For a link to the full Situational Assessment, released on December 19, 2018, please click the button below or check it out on our facebook page.

Special Events and Outreach

See the schedule of upcoming special events on the Events Page

LOCATION

10 Bighorn Lane, just off the main street in beautiful Dubois, Wyoming next to the Dubois Historical Museum. Look for our big bronze ram “Ram Country”.

SEASONAL HOURS

Winter Hours
December 26, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday-Saturday
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Spring Hours
April 1, 2019-May 24, 2019
Open 10am – 4pm, Monday-Saturday
Closed on Sundays

Summer Hours
May 25, 2019-September 2, 2019
Open 9am – 5pm, Daily

Autumn Hours
September 3, 2019-December 21, 2019
Open 10am – 4pm, Monday-Saturday
Closed on Sundays

Special Closure Dates
Please note the following special dates when the Center will be Closed:
Closed Sundays & Mondays per current winter hours.

photo: Jay Lunsford

photo: Bill Sincavage

ADMISSION

Adults age 18 and over: $6

Youth ages 8 – 17: $3

Children ages 7 and under: FREE

Adult Group (8 or more), Seniors (age 60 and over) and Military: $5

Youth Group (8 or more): $2

Current Members, VIPs and School Groups: FREE

Find out more about us and our work

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which is dedicated to educating people about the bighorn sheep and the conservation of wildlife and wild lands. We accomplish this mission through exhibits which inspire our visitors, programs which educate youth and adults alike and special events, outreach and partnerships which help conserve bighorn sheep and other wildlife and wildlife habitat.


The Association operates the National Bighorn Sheep Center in beautiful Dubois, Wyoming. The National Bighorn Sheep Center features dioramas with full-scale taxidermy mounts that recreate bighorn habitat, interactive exhibits about wildlife management and special adaptations of wild sheep, and wildlife films the whole family will enjoy.

photo: Bill Sincavage

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