Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A puzzle~Our World Tuesday~050112



I returned to the turnout with all the water bottles neatly stacked on the railing (see:  http://rav4adventures.blogspot.com/2012/04/preparing-for-summerour-world.html) this past Saturday to see where the trail went.  I was surprised to see that the area is actually closed off from January through September to allow the bighorn sheep some privacy during their birthing season.  I also took photos of the very bright and noticeable orange signs which tell people that the area is closed.  So, why are all the water bottles left there?  This is indeed a mystery.  I didn't even walk on the trail after reading the signs...Our World Tuesday for May 1, 2012.   To visit OWT, please go to:   http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/

6 comments:

  1. Why not contact the agency and ask about this.

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  2. Plastic water bottles and graffiti...you find them everywhere. Very depressing. We pick up, too. Take it in and pack it out. I love the idea of the sheep needing privacy for such a long period of time. That fact really amazes me. genie

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  3. Rather odd that big-horns take nine months to drop their lambs when our sheep do it 'all together now' in about 2-3 weeks! Maybe they just want to keep people out for other reasons.

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  4. I'll have to investigate this further. I know the authorities want to keep people away from the bighorn areas as much as possible. They've even closed a popular hiking trail in Rancho Mirage to keep people away from the bighorns, whose population is slowly diminishing.

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  5. Well one thing is for sure. Mike Dunn's illegal Road didn't help the Bighorns. I hear there are developers that still are licking their chops over that property up there.

    There area is unique in that you cannot see this fairly flat to sloping gentle Mesa from either above or from below on the Valley floor. It's really some place you have to drive to.

    Kevin

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  6. Good idea to contact the agency for clarity. I know in JTNP, the areas near water are "day use only"... you can hike in, but you have to be out by sunset (no overnight camping). Not sure if the Bighorn Sheep population in the park is stable, increasing, or declining.

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