• Marcus Blum, UNR
  • Mike Cox
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • Tim Torrell

Chair & Links

Mike Cox, Group Chair
Nevada Department of Wildlife
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy, Suite 120
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 688-1556 Office
(775)240-1335 Cell 
Email: mcox@ndow.org

Wild Sheep Working Group

Statement of Purpose, Background and Structure:

"To identify priority topics and management challenges to wild sheep in the western U.S. and Canada; to collaboratively develop solutions to those challenges; and to foster strong relationships between wild sheep agencies and wild sheep advocates."

Formed in January 2007, the WSWG was tasked with developing a comprehensive, west-wide assessment of all facets of wild sheep management in the western U.S. and Canada. The initial assignment was to develop WAFWA recommendations for management of domestic sheep and goats in wild sheep habitat.

The WSWG is comprised of a representative from each WAFWA state, province, and territory (N=19) with wild sheep, plus representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The WSWG meets twice/year, in conjunction with the WAFWA summer meeting and the Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly Foundation for North American Wild Sheep – FNAWS) annual convention.

Upcoming Events

2nd Thinhorn Sheep Summit, hosted by Wild Sheep Foundation, April 11-12, Anchorage, Alaska

55th Desert Bighorn Council hosted by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, April 18-21, St. George, Utah

2017 Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) Conference, May 1-4, 2017, Rapid City, SD                               --Tentative Agenda

Wild Sheep Working Group Meeting@ Summer 2017 WAFWA Conference, July 9, 2017, Vail, CO



Tony Wasley (Director Sponsor) - Nevada Department of Wildlife

Mike Cox (WSWG Chair) -Nevada Department of Wildlife

Darren Bruning - Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Anne Hubbs - Alberta Fish & Wildlife Division
Amber Munig - Arizona Game & Fish Department
Helen Schwantje - British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands & Nat. Res. Op
Tom Stephenson - California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Andy Holland - Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Hollie Miyasaki - Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Bruce Sterling - Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks
Todd Nordeen - Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Mike Cox - Nevada Department of Wildlife
Eric Rominger - New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Brett Wiedmann - North Dakota Game & Fish Department
Don Whittaker - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Colin Gillin - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Chad Lehman - South Dakota Department Game, Fish, & Parks
Froylan Hernandez - Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Rusty Robinson - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Rich Harris - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Doug McWhirter - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Troy Hegel - Government of Yukon Dept. of Environment
Mark Penninger - U.S. Forest Service
Frank Quamen - Bureau of Land Management
Rick Kahn - National Park Service
Clay Brewer - Wild Sheep Foundation

Financial assistance for the Wild Sheep Working Group has been provided by: