Early winter snow requires migration in deep snow for bighorn
A group of ewes at the metamorphic - granitic boundary common in Pine Creek
The Wheeler Ridge herd was initially reestablished in 1982 with 15 ewes. Since then, the population has grown to, at times, over 100 individuals. The Wheeler herd was productive enough to provide source stock for a natural colonization of the Convict Creek herd to the north in 2009, as well as 11 ewes for translocation to start the Cathedral herd in 2016.
Since the low-elevation winter range is relatively easy to access, Wheeler is a good place to see bighorn from December to April. When there is less snow, Pine Creek Rd. can provide good viewing, while rougher dirt roads and hiking provide access to the east-side canyons (Wells, Mayfield, and Levergate) during heavier snowfall.