January 11th, 2021, the National Bighorn Sheep Center launched a Soil & Mineral Assessment in Torrey Valley. Led by Education Director, Karen Sullivan, and assisted by the Dubois’ High School AP Biology class, the Center sampled three mineral lick sites. Results will be compared to control locations and compared to results from over 20 years ago. The Center hopes to identify any factors that may be contributing to the decline of the Whiskey Mountain herd and is excited to embark in this research experience with local high school students.
The Center thanks the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation for a grant administered through the Wyoming Community Foundation that has allowed the Center to begin this initiative.
The Center also thanks the students, biology teacher Samantha Schwessinger, Greg Anderson from WY Game & Fish, Jen Hazeldine, National Bighorn Sheep Center board member, and Erin Hannelly from Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District.