Pneumonia found in 4th Mont. Bighorn sheep herd


State wildlife officials have confirmed an outbreak of pneumonia in a fourth herd of bighorn sheep in west-central Montana. The latest occurrence was found in the Upper Rock Creek herd, which had about 340 sheep in May, FWP biologist Ray Vinkey said Monday. Vinkey col lected three sheep Saturday afternoon and confirmed the pneumonia diagnosis. Once bighorns contract pneumonia, they usual ly die wi thin a few weeks. Other recent pneumonia outbreaks affected bighorn sheep i n the East Fork Bitterroot late last year and the Bonner area and Lower Rock Creek in January. Vinkey said the agency pl...

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