RMBS 2011 Projects - $64,901

New Mexico Desert Bighorns - $2,500
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has an aggressive control program for mountain lions that prey on desert bighorn sheep.
The RMBS has committed funds to this program for the fourth consecutive year. In part due to the outstanding success of this program,
desert bighorns are currently being considered for de-listing from Threatened status in the state.

Poudre Canyon Prescribed Burn - $15,000
The RMBS board approved funding to the USFS for a prescribed burn of 636 acres of sheep habitat in S-1. The burn will improve sighting
and increase forage quantity and quality. This project is also being supported with funds from the A&R PAC and Wild Sheep Foundation.

Poudre Canyon Interpretive Signs - $3,000
The Board approved to contribute funding for new interpretive signs at the Big Bend Viewing Station in Poudre Canyon. Five bighorn
sheep interpretive panels will be replaced at the station, which is directly adjacent to the proposed prescribed burn (above). This project is
being jointly funded by the USFS and Wild Sheep Foundation.

S-68 Piñon and Juniper Thinning - $20,000
A project proposal to remove piñon and juniper trees on approximately 100 acres south of the Arkansas River in S-68 was approved. The
project was submitted by CPW, with a goal to improve habitat sheep are already utilizing by removing late seral stage piñon and juniper.
The project is also designed to open up new habitat by removing large expanses of piñon and juniper that sheep would otherwise not use.

Hayman Burn Transplant Collars - $6,000
RMBS agreed to provide the CDOW funding to purchase VHF collars for sheep transplanted into the Hayman Burn area. The collars will
provide information about what habitat within the burn is being utilized by sheep, and will facilitate documentation of recruitment in the
herd.

Youth Hunts - $2,400
The RMBS supported the CDOW Hunter Outreach Program with a donation to sponsor three youth big game hunts for 18 young hunters
who had never hunted big game previously. The hunters pursued doe pronghorn and cow elk in western Colorado.

Disease Risk-mapping in RBS24 - $14,001
Funding was approved to assist CPW with risk-mapping disease transmission in RBS24, which includes sheep GMUs S-29, S-30 and S-
31. This project will document movement patterns of bighorn sheep within and between these three herds, as they relate to domestic
sheep grazing allotments in the area. The project will also facilitate monitoring lamb recruitment, population estimation, and prevalence
and persistence of pathogen occurrence within the herd.

Wildland Awareness and Educational Institute - $2,000
We provided scholarships for 60 college students to the WAEI college workshop, which raises awareness of natural resources and
outdoor recreation and cultivates tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

Auction and Raffle 2012 Projects
The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society transfers 75 percent of the bighorn sheep and mountain goat raffle and auction revenues to
Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These funds, combined with other sources, are allocated to various projects on an annual basis with input
from the RMBS, USFS and BLM regarding which projects should be funded. In 2011, $341,646 was allocated from CPW raffle and
auction account for the following sheep projects and research.

Northern Sangre de Cristo (S-68) Bighorn Sheep Transplant - $32,600
This is the second year of a project attempting to establish an alpine herd of bighorn sheep in the Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The goal this year is to transplant an additional 7-12 sheep to augment the population of 13 transplanted in 2010.

Rio Grande National Forest Survey Technician - $6,000
This money will partially fund a seasonal technician to document bighorn sheep observations within the seven bighorn sheep Game
Management Units (GMU) on the Rio Grande National Forest (S-15, S-22, S-29, S-33, S-36, S-53, and S-55). Information collected will
increase knowledge of habitats used by bighorn sheep on the forest and enable the Forest Service and CPW to better manage for
bighorns.

S-68 Piñon and Juniper Thinning - $10,000
A project proposal to remove piñon and juniper trees on approximately 100 acres south of the Arkansas River in S-68 was approved. The
project was submitted by CPW, with a goal to improve habitat sheep are already utilizing by removing late seral stage piñon and juniper.
The project is also designed to open up new habitat by removing large expanses of piñon and juniper that sheep would otherwise not use.

Effects of Density Manipulation on Bighorn Sheep Lamb Recruitment - $101,000
This is the second year of a study to whether bighorn lamb recruitment is driven by density dependent mechanisms. Bighorn sheep from
S-32 were captured and transplanted into the lower Poudre Canyon, while another subgroup of sheep in S-32 were captured and marked
as a control herd. This second phase will replicate the process by transplanting additional sheep to a second transplant site.  If density
dependence is the primary agent responsible for low lamb recruitment, then lamb recruitment should increase in the transplant groups.

Disease Risk-mapping in RBS24 - $60,000
Funding was approved for risk-mapping disease transmission in RBS24, which includes sheep GMUs S-29, S-30 and S-31. This project
will document movement patterns of bighorn sheep within and between these three herds, as they relate to domestic sheep grazing
allotments in the area. The project will also facilitate monitoring lamb recruitment, population estimation, and prevalence and persistence
of pathogen occurrence within the herd.

Desert Bighorn Sheep Augmentation of the Middle Dolores River - $38,450
This is the second year of a project to increase the desert bighorn sheep population in the Middle Dolores River, by tranlocating sheep
from the Upper Dolores herd.  In 2010, 15 sheep were translocated. The goal is to move an additional 15 sheep in the winter of 2011.

Raccoonpox-vectored Pasteurellaceae Vaccine Research - $49,268
Dr. Michael W. Miller of CPW and Dr. Jorge E. Osorio of the University of Wisconsin are developing a vaccine using raccoonpox virus as
a recombinant viral vector for delivering vaccine antigens to stimulate immunity from bacteria strains associated with bighorn sheep
respiratory disease outbreaks.

S-26 Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement - $20,000
The goal of this project is to use prescribed burning to remove heavy downfall and dense forest vegetation which is impeding bighorn
sheep movement and sight visibility. The treatment will hopefully remove barriers to bighorn sheep movement and improve quantity and
quality of forage. This is the 3rd year of this project.

Poudre Canyon Prescribed Burn - $15,000
Funds were approved to the USFS for a prescribed burn of 636 acres of sheep habitat in S-1.  The burn will improve sighting and increase
forage quantity and quality. This project is also being supported with funds from RMBS and Wild Sheep Foundation.

Tenmile Range Mountain Goat Aerial Survey - $9,328
This aerial survey will provide a population estimate for mountain goats in the Tenmile Range, to facilitate the establishment of a hunting
season in this unit. Incidental observations of bighorn sheep will also be noted.
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