Big horn sheep to be moved to the Jemez

Big horn sheep
Forty big horn sheep will be moved from Conchas and placed in the Jemez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The big wildfire in Las Conchas back in 2011 caused a lot of damage but state officials say the damage helped create a prime habitat for rocky mountain bighorn sheep.

The fire created a treeless spot in the mountains which is perfect for a sheep herd. The state will relocate around 40 sheep and their lambs to an area in the Jemez near Cochiti Canyon next week.

They say that can be a prime habitat for the sheep.

The herd is expected to expand into the nearby Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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