- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wildlife officials plan to capture the surviving members of a bighorn sheep herd in Hells Canyon infected with bacterial pneumonia.

A helicopter will be used this week to capture three Rocky Mountain bighorns from the Sheep Mountain herd that are on the Idaho side of the Snake River and search for more sheep on the Oregon side.

Only a handful of sheep remain from the herd that once had nearly 90 individuals.

The sheep will be sent to a research facility at South Dakota State University for a three-year study involving about 40 wild sheep from the Northwest as well as some from South Dakota.

Scientists hope to find a way to stop the spread of disease that has limited the success of bighorn herds throughout the West.

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