Wildlife biologists captured 30 desert bighorn sheep and placed them in a new home.
The Division of Wildlife Resources captured the sheep at several sites in southeastern Utah. The biologists then transplanted them to John's Canyon, a tributary of the San Juan River. The river empties into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell.
Bill Bates, DWR biologist, says wild sheep once lived in John's Canyon but were extirpated decades ago. The recent transplant is the first step in bringing sheep back to the canyon. The biologists collected surplus animals from healthy herds near Green River and Moab and then trucked them south.The new herd consists of five rams, 22 ewes and three lambs. The habitat in John's Canyon is similar to the habitat in the areas they were taken from. The canyon features craggy cliffs and a permanent water source.
5K TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS
The opportunity to run, walk or crawl to help raise money for nine local schools during the 8th Annual Goldenwest Credit Union 5K on March 29.
One-hundred percent of the registration fees will be given to the nine participating schools, including Bonneville High School, South Ogden Junior High, T.H. Bell Junior High, H. Guy Child Elementary, MarLon Hills Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Uintah Elementary, Washington Terrace Elementary and Club Heights Elementary.
Last year 2,100 participants registered for the 5K for Schools, raising more than $45,000 to benefit public education.
Registration forms are available at www.gwcu.org, Goldenwest branches and participating schools. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at 5025 S. Adams Ave. in South Ogden.Race fees are $10 for student and $15 for nonstudents who register for the race that day. For information visit www.gwcu.org or call 621-4550.
ROCKPORT TO CLOSE
The bridge located at the entrance to Rockport State Park on state Route 302 will be replaced by the Utah Department of Transportation, forcing closure of the park from March 31 through April 14.
Throughout construction, public access is unavailable and all park facilities will be closed until construction is complete.For current construction information, call 435-336-2241.
RANCH MAP AVAILABLE
A new map of the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is available on the Web.
The free map can be viewed and downloaded at www.wildlife.utah.gov/hardwareranch/visit.php. To find the map, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Download map of Hardware Ranch" selection.
"We hope the map allows sportsmen and other visitors to identify routes and corridors to the excellent hunting and recreational opportunities that are all around us," said Dan Christensen, ranch superintendent. "We sit in the middle of a huge migration corridor that provides year-round access to wildlife."
In addition to being available on the Web, the full-color map will be part of a series of new displays created for the ranch's visitors center. This summer, large versions of the map will also be placed along the major roads and trails at the ranch, including the Shoshone trailhead near the visitors center.
"The new map provides important details, including gate locations, the distance to major destinations and seasonal restrictions," Christensen said. "Once people start to use the map, I'm sure they'll have good suggestions about other additions we can make to it."
The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is 17 miles east of Hyrum. For more information call 435-753-6206 or visit www.hardwareranch.com.