More bighorn sheep moved to Tucson-area mountains

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- State wildlife officials are replenishing the bighorn sheep in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

The Game and Fish Department on Thursday released 14 bighorns that were gathered from the Tonto National Forest near Canyon Lake on Wednesday.

The department is overseeing an effort to rebuild a bighorn herd that disappeared from the Catalinas in the 1990s.

Approximately half of the 31 bighorns originally relocated from near Yuma last November now are dead, mostly as a result of kills by mountain lions.

A department spokesman says one bighorn was euthanized after it broke a leg during the roundup and that another died while being transported in a helicopter's sling.

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