Utah’s most endangered bighorn herd resides in the Abajo Mountains within the boundaries of the former Bears Ears National Monument. This herd is also the only herd of desert bighorn in the state of Utah that was not entirely wiped out before the 1970’s. Once numbering in the 100s the herd has been diminished to less than 30 by some estimates.
Already facing threats ranging from climate change to disease, Utah’s bighorn sheep now face further threats related to habitat destruction from proposed mining and development on hundreds of thousands of acres of previously protected lands.
Tell the Department of the Interior to keep protections for all the wild public lands that were once designated as Bears Ears National Monument.