Teton Range sheep herd at risk

February 17, 2010

Jackson Hole News & Guide

By Cory Hatch, February 17, 2010

At 10,450 feet, just past the top of the tram on Rendezvous Mountain, biologist Aly Courtemanch leads a small expedition past the closed signs and over snow-covered talus the dozen or so yards to the peak.

It’s snowing sideways in what feels like hurricane-force wind as Courtemanch and two field technicians, Sam Dwinnell and Walter Scherer, use an antenna to listen for radio collars on 21 bighorn sheep. Within minutes, Dwinnell notices the telltale white of frostbite on exposed flesh, and Courtemanch sounds a retreat to the warm, waffle-infused air of Corbet’s Cabin.

While other bighorn sheep in the region migrate to lower, friendlier climes during the winter, the 100 or so animals that make up the Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Herd opt to stay among the peaks of the Tetons….

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