Montana Chapters Donate Big at Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Biennial Symposium

The Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council (NWSGC) hosted its biennial symposium in Whitefish, Montana this past month and Montana SCI Chapters brought in $2,125 proving themselves to be gracious hosts! The Big Sky State’s SCI Chapters are already known for contributing heavily to wild sheep and goat conservation. This sponsorship is another example of …

Marco Polo Sheep Face New Threats

For 8 years, SCI Foundation has sponsored cutting-edge surveys and studies on Marco Polo Sheep, perhaps the most iconic species in one of the most remarkable places on earth. This ongoing study has three goals, develop models of present-day and potential future distributions of suitable environmental conditions for argali in the eastern Tajikistan mountains, compare …

The Return of Desert Bighorn Sheep to Arizona Mountaintops

Sheep hunters are some of the most passionate outdoorsmen and valuable conservationists in the world. As Vance Corigan says in a February 2017 New York Times article “people who pay $300,000 for one tag just paid to recover 30 sheep to places that haven’t had sheep in 100 years.”   This year SCI Foundation and …

Study Continues after Successful Bighorn Reintroduction in Arizona

As part of a four year ongoing study, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is continuing to monitor the Santa Catalina sheep population. AZGFD released an additional 29 desert bighorn sheep in November 2015, bringing the total number of bighorns released in the Santa Catalina Mountain range to 90 since 2013. Nearly all of …

Species Recovery Stories – Thanks to Hunting!

There are two places in the world where conservation has been especially successful – North America and southern Africa.  In both regions, sustainable use hunting plays a vital role in wildlife management. Contrary to what the anti-hunting community portrays, the science behind sustainable use can stimulate population growth while providing the necessary revenue and incentive …

Positive Enhancement Finding for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently found that the importation of argali sheep hunted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia in 2015 would enhance the survival of the species in each country. Enhancement findings are annually required for argali before import permits are issued. A positive enhancement finding essentially means that U.S. hunters participating …

SCI FOUNDATION—WILD SHEEP FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) and the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) recently announced their new partnership to cooperatively address high priority conservation needs of thinhorn sheep. To stimulate progress, the SCI Foundation Hunter Legacy Fund awarded a six-figure grant to contribute to WSF’s efforts. The majority of this grant will be used to update …