Bighorn habitat in the background of a magnificent alpine lake.
Using helicopters allowed bighorn herds to be established in remote locations.
The Laurel Creek herd was reestablished in 2015 with the translocation of 11 Sierra bighorn from the Mt. Baxter and Sawmill Canyon herds. Four additional rams were augmented to the herd in 2016 after many of the original rams emmigrated out of the area after reintroduction. In 2016 our best count of this herd was a total of 22 animals. Access to this herd is difficult, which gives us limited opportunity to monitor the bighorn on foot. Difficulties are compounded by the large amount of distance between different groups of bighorn in this herd unit.