Bighorn sheep tag worth $102,000 to save sheep population - KOTA Territory News

Bighorn sheep tag worth $102,000 to save sheep population


One bighorn sheep worth $102,000? The first annual South Dakota bighorn sheep auction sold a tag for just that much. The tag went to a South Dakotan resident. 

Representatives from the Midwest Wild Sheep Foundation told the South Dakota Wildlife Federation Saturday that the money has not yet been spent.

Rip Rippentrop, of the Midwest Wild Sheep Foundation, says the goal is to use the money to buy more sheep for the Black Hills, since the population of sheep has significantly decreased.

He says areas such as Deadwood and west of Jewel Cave are being prepped for sheep, but they're not ready yet. Rippentrop says this money will help save the sheep. "We're losing our herds because of the pneumonia and mountain lions, and if we didn't get the money to possibly bring new bighorn sheep back in none of us would be, have the view ability, or hunt them, or apply for a tag anymore," said Rippentrop. 

Rippentrop says the population of bighorn sheep is around 250.

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