Dall Sheep Rams - Mike Taras

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Rams - Tim Torell

Desert Bighorn Rams - Tim Torell


Mike Cox, WSWG Chair
Nevada Department of Wildlife
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy,
Suite 120
Reno, NV 89511
Office: 775-688-1556
Cell: 775-240-1335 

Tony Wasley, Director Sponsor
Nevada Department of Wildlife
1100 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: 775-688-1599

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=20) with wild sheep, plus representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the Wild Sheep Foundation.

The WSWG meets twice/year, in conjunction with the WAFWA summer meeting and the Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly Foundation for North American Wild Sheep ) annual winter convention.

Upcoming Events

Wild Sheep Working Group Meeting
Feb 5, 2019 (1pm-5pm) and Feb 6, 2019 (8am-noon)
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Reno, Nevada

Wildlife Professional's Meeting
Feb 6 (1:30pm - 5pm), 2019  
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Reno, Nevada

Wild Sheep Foundation Convention
Feb 7-9, 2019
Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Peppermill Resort
Reno, Nevada

Desert Bighorn Council Symposium
April 16-19, 2019
CasaBlanca Resort

Mesquite, Nevada 

2019 Desert Bighorn Council Meeting


Management of Wandering Wild Sheep and Domestic Sheep/Goats - Accounts from Jurisdictions


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
Bill Jex - 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
Heather Sayine-Crawford - Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources
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
Jace Taylor - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Rich Harris - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Doug McWhirter - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Brian Logan - U.S. Forest Service
Frank Quamen - Bureau of Land Management
Jenny Powers - National Park Service
Clay Brewer - Wild Sheep Foundation

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