- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - State wildlife officials say two bighorn sheep have died in the Catalina Mountains, where efforts are underway to rebuild a herd that disappeared from the range north of Tucson in the 1990s.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1Rz49aB ) that one ewe died Dec. 9 from pneumonia. Another bighorn found dead Dec. 14 was killed by a mountain lion.

The earlier death marks the fourth confirmed bighorn death in the area from pneumonia since July. An official with the Arizona Game And Fish Department says two additional ewes are suspected to have died from pneumonia, but their exact cause of death couldn’t be confirmed.

Bighorns have been released in the Catalina Mountains each year since 2013. There are now 58 of the collared animals known to be alive in the range.

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

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