- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - Residents of Silver City have spotted big horn sheep in the area, a rare event for the southern New Mexico city.

The Silver City Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1q1YTR8 ) that New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Big Horn Biologist Eric Rominger says the sheep likely have made their way down from the Turkey Creek area due to predation.

Rominger says if the sheep are in fact from Turkey Creek, where mountain lion tracks were recently spotted, the 30 or so sheep in Silver City mean about 30 to 50 percent of the population left their usual habitat.

The Department of Game and Fish will allow the sheep to roam the city for a few weeks since lambs may be born soon. After, wildlife officials will likely capture and move them.

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