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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to North America, are vulnerable to diseases carried by domestic sheep species, which originated in Europe. According to Boyce, if bighorn sheep come into contact with domestic sheep, the bighorn are highly likely to contract pneumonia. Pneumonia in Tucson’s struggling herd of bighorn sheep is a development I’d anticipated because there are pockets of domestic sheep living within the roaming range...

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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to North America, are vulnerable to diseases carried by domestic sheep species, which originated in Europe. According to Boyce, if bighorn sheep come into contact with domestic sheep, the bighorn are highly likely to contract pneumonia. Pneumonia in Tucson’s struggling herd of bighorn sheep is a development I’d anticipated because there are pockets of domestic sheep living within the roaming range...

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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to North America, are vulnerable to diseases carried by domestic sheep species, which originated in Europe. According to Boyce, if bighorn sheep come into contact with domestic sheep, the bighorn are highly likely to contract pneumonia. Pneumonia in Tucson’s struggling herd of bighorn sheep is a development I’d anticipated because there are pockets of domestic sheep living within the roaming range...

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My Pal, Blondie the Tarantula, is Back!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

You might remember my pal, Blondie. The Arizona blond tarantula who (I consider her a “who”) lives in my front yard under an irrigation cover. I hadn’t seen her for a while, and was afraid that she’d met the fate of so many tarantulas, being a living feast for the young of the tarantula hawk wasp. The other night, however, walking up the flagstones to my front gate, I saw her legs poking out of her burrow. I’ll try to get some new photos, and update...

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My Pal, Blondie the Tarantula, is Back!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

You might remember my pal, Blondie. The Arizona blond tarantula who (I consider her a “who”) lives in my front yard under an irrigation cover. I hadn’t seen her for a while, and was afraid that she’d met the fate of so many tarantulas, being a living feast for the young of the tarantula hawk wasp. The other night, however, walking up the flagstones to my front gate, I saw her legs poking out of her burrow. I’ll try to get some new photos, and update...

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