Photo by Steve Yaeger - Two rams, one on the right has a collar and eartag.
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 there was in 2009. In 2012 CDFW started getting reports of ram sightings in 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. In 2017 we observed the first lamb born in Taboose Creek.