- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they are optimistic there will be as many new bighorn lambs in the Catalina Mountains this year as last year, when 16 were observed in the range north of Tucson.

Mark Hart, spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, says nine bighorn lambs have been spotted so far this season and a number of pregnant ewes in the Catalinas indicate there are more newborns to come. Lambing season typically lasts from Jan. 1 to April 30.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1XbZpYd ) there are 46 living bighorn sheep with GPS collars in the Catalinas.

Game and Fish is spearheading a push to rebuild a bighorn sheep herd in the mountains after the animals disappeared from the range in the 1990s.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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