The Solution Is Simple
Best management practices by herders to prevent contacts between these species have not proven effective. The solution is relatively simple: don’t graze domestic sheep or goats, or hike with pack goats, on public land where bighorn sheep live. This means that ranchers who haven’t adjusted operations in decades may have to adapt and find new pastures for their private sheep operations. There are numerous backcountry destinations without nearby bighorn sheep populations that are suitable for use by pack goat enthusiasts. Other pack stock, such as horses and mules, do not pose a disease risk, and these pack animals can allow recreationists to enjoy the experience of a pack support trip in bighorn sheep habitat.
We work to ensure that Idaho’s bighorn sheep herds expand into historic habitat where there aren’t conflicts with domestic sheep and goats.