- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Drivers on Ajo Way near Kennedy Park in Tucson may be a little surprised to find a couple of bighorn sheep staring at them from a cliff.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says it’s been getting calls about the animals, which have travelled to the Tucson Mountains from Ironwood Forest National Monument.

Ajo Way is at the southern end of the Tucson Mountains.

Game and Fish officials say the two rams’ movement to the Tucson Mountains is significant because it suggests the herd in the Ironwood is large enough for members of it to disperse to other areas.

The bighorn sheep population has been in decline for several years and now totals only about 6,000 in all of Arizona. There are about 175 to 200 bighorn sheep at Ironwood.


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