Wildlife management of bighorn sheep in Alberta benefits from
- administration of legal hunting
- comprehensive wildlife management planning
- documentation of distribution and population health
- enforcement of management-based laws
- regular monitoring of populations
Trophy Bighorn Sheep Management in Alberta
- Management Plan for Bighorn Sheep in Alberta
A comprehensive management plan completed in 1993 guides provincial efforts to sustain this species, which is also our official provincial mammal.
- Trophy Bighorn Sheep Management in Alberta--Discussion Paper (Draft)
Hunting harvest has been analyzed for bighorn trophy rams for the period 1975 to 2010.
- Bighorn Sheep Aerial Survey and Population Information 1971-2014 (XLS, 464 KB)
- Trophy Bighorn Sheep Registrations 1971 (XLS, 2.1 MB)
The above data sets are subject to ongoing review and updates will occur as new information is available.
- Alberta Bighorn Sheep Draft Management Plan
Alberta Environment and Parks; Fish and Wildlife Branch accepted public comments and feedback on the Draft Management Plan until September 15, 2015.
Goals and Objectives for Bighorn Sheep Management
Key management goals and objectives for bighorn sheep are as follows:
- Harvest non-trophy sheep where appropriate.
- Identify and protect bighorn sheep habitat, with an emphasis on winter range.
- Maintain area-specific population goals.
- Manage the harvest of bighorn trophy rams on a maximum, sustained yield basis, including allowing non-resident hunting.
- Provide for subsistence use, wildlife viewing, scientific research and educational activities.
- Study in detail sheep winter ranges and ensure their viability.
A basic element of wildlife management is adaptive management, that is, to periodically re-examine how the wildlife are doing and whether there are adjustments that can be made to our practices to benefit the animals and the opportunities for various uses by Albertans.