Bighorn sheep viewing event to happen in Carbon County

Published: Friday, May 30 2014 9:21 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014 9:21 p.m. MDT

SUNNYSIDE, Carbon County — A free wildlife viewing event June 14 will provide an opportunity to see bighorn sheep.

From 6 p.m. to dusk, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will answer questions and suggest places in town to see the sheep.

Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, said bighorn sheep are most visible in the evening.

"When the day cools down, they start feeding and drinking water," he said.

Because of a persistent drought in the area, Stettler said, spotting the herd will be more difficult this year.

"But about 25 rams have been seen in the Sunnyside area since last winter," he said, and one of the rams is wearing a radio transmitter, which will help biologists locate the herd. Sheep can usually be seen from the road, Stettler said.

Dog owners are advised not to bring their pets.

"Even the barking of a dog sitting on your lap can push the herd away from a viewing site," Stettler said. "Loud voices can have the same effect."

Sunnyside is less than 20 miles east of Price. To reach the town, travel southeast on U.S. 6 to its junction with state Route 123, which is the East Carbon-Sunnyside junction. Turn east on state Route 123 and follow it into Sunnyside. Once in town, signs will guide visitors to the viewing area.

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