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The bighorn sheep population is holding steady despite fire danger, survey says

A recent aerial survey of bighorn sheep on the Santa Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona is showing some promising news. 

Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesperson Mark Hart says the population remained stable despite the 2020 Bighorn Fire.

“That was significant because it was where we reintroduced the species starting in 2013. We found the population there to be stable. We didn’t lose any sheep because of the fire, we didn’t gain many either," Hart said.

Hart also says back in 1957, there were only about 1,000 bighorn sheep in Arizona. Now, he says thanks to translocation efforts there are approximately 6,000.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.