- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - As part of an effort to rebuild a herd of bighorn sheep in the Catalina Mountains, 29 more bighorns have been released in the range north of Tucson.

The 23 ewes and six rams were released Monday. They were captured in mountains near Yuma and brought by truck to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area, where 34 bighorns are known to survive from previous relocations in 2013 and 2014.

The relocation is part of ongoing pneumonia mitigation efforts. At least four bighorn sheep that were relocated previously contracted the infection and died. Other sheep died from mountain lion predation.

Arizona Fame and Fish Department spokesman Mark Hart says the sheep that were released Monday have resistance to pneumonia based on prior exposure.

Hart says no additional releases are planned.

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