HCTF Announces Funding for SOKS Bighorn Sheep

20150420_SAE_4197_hctf-fundingWe are pleased to announce that the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is partnering with us in support of the South Okanagan Similkameen Bighorn Sheep Psoroptes Monitoring Project.

Psoroptic mange is a generalized skin disease in wild sheep caused by the ectoparasitic mite Psoroptes ovis. This mite lives on  skin, causing irritation and lesions that can have serious consequences for infected sheep.

There is significant concern over the emergence of psoroptic mange in British Columbia. Through multi-stakeholder collaboration, we are working to minimize transmission of psoroptic mange among wild sheep and support informed adaptive management of infected South Okanagan bighorn sheep herds.

The project was established by Aaron Reid and Andrew Walker, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. It is being managed and implemented with support from Synergy Applied Ecology, an independent firm of professional biologists working on behalf of project partners and stakeholders under multiple agreements with funding organizations.

hctf new logolargeWe recognize the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the SOKS Bighorn Sheep Psoroptes Project. Without such support, this project would not have been possible.

Visit the project website for details, and join us on Facebook to keep in touch as the project develops.

Pamela Hengeveld

Wild sheep specialist and founder of WILDLIFE.FISH. Also known as the quiet neighbour with the really big freezer.

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