Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Guzzlers fail to help bighorn at Kofa wildlife refuge

Out-of-touch gov't agencies fail to understand or serve bighorn needs.

YUMA AZ -- Remote cameras installed to detect bighorn sheep use at two controversial man-made water developments constructed in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge wilderness in 2007 suggest the tanks have completely failed to provide water for bighorns.

The cameras, installed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the McPherson and Yaqui Tanks, failed to capture a single bighorn drinking from the tanks in the two years since their construction.

Bighorn avoidance of these tanks is part of a disturbing failure of Arizona Game and Fish and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to understand critical needs of bighorn on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

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