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Game and Fish cuts tags, keeps ewe, lamb season for Gros Ventre bighorns

JACKSON - This fall, Game and Fish will issue a third as many tags for hunting female and juvenile bighorn sheep in the Gros Ventre Range after winter weather and mountain lion predation in 2023 culled the herd.

Following helicopter surveys in 2023 and 2024, biologists believe there are about 400 sheep dwelling in the mountains east of Jackson Hole, which is the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's objective for the herd.

That's a far cry from 2021 and 2022, when the number of far-sighted sheep counted in aerial surveys climbed toward 500 animals, the threatening threshold after which the Jackso...