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Old 08-31-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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State cuts 11 deals to help protect bighorn sheep
Story Created: Aug 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM MDT
By Associated Press

State cuts 11 deals to help protect bighorn sheep | KBCI CBS 2 - News, Weather and Sports - Boise, ID Boise, Idaho | Local & Regional
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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has approved agreements with 11 sheep producers to prevent domestic sheep from coming in contact with wild bighorn sheep.

Idaho Fish and Game Director Cal Groen signed the agreements Thursday that are intended to protect bighorns from diseases carried by domestic sheep while also keeping domestic sheep producers in business.

"The agreements we've reached, without exception, reduce the risk for direct contact between the two species," said Dale Toweill, trophy species program for Fish and Game.

Biologists have widely concluded that domestic sheep pass diseases to bighorns, causing bighorns to die because they have no natural resistance to the illnesses. But sheep industry officials say they could be put out of business if grazing allotments are closed due to that concern.
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