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Conservation Officer's looking for person who shot bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep shot dead

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has issued a plea for the public's help to find out who illegally shot and killed a California Bighorn sheep ram along Westside Rd. near Shelter Cove.

Conservation officer Sgt. Ken Owens tells Castanet the ram was killed unlawfully along Westside Road on Friday March 20.

Conservation officers in the North Okanagan area are investigating the illegal killing which took place in the Shelter Cove area. 

"At 5 p.m. a motorist observed an injured ram adjacent to the road. Conservation officers attended the location, conducting a necropsy on the animal confirming the ram had been shot illegally," said Owens.    

The Westside road sheep herd consists of approximately 75 animals and the population has been supplemented with additional animals that were brought in from other locations to help maintain viable numbers.  Owens says, "there is no licenced harvest of Bighorn Sheep in this area."

Bighorn sheep are considered a “blue list” species in British Columbia which means they are a species of concern because of limited habitat options that keep their population low.    

Illegal kills of sheep have serious consequences for legal harvest, game viewing, and genetic quality of herds in the area.  

Conservation officers need your help in finding those responsible and are asking anyone with information related to this matter or any other wildlife crime to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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