Endangered Bighorn Sheep Could Get 400,000 Acres of Protected Habitat

One of North America's most endangered mammals got a boost this week as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that more than 400,000 acres in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range be set aside as protected habitat for bighorn sheep.

The Sierra Nevada bighorn was listed as an endangered species in 1999, at which time there estimates placed the population at just about 100-125 animals.

Following a period of public comment, a final decision on setting aside this habitat is due July 17, 2008.

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