Rocky Mountain Bighorn in North Dakota Badlands by Michael Ranum

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep by Steve Yeager

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep by Darryn Epp


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
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy,
Suite 120

Reno, NV 89511
Phone: 775-688-1599

Wild Sheep Working Group

Statement of Purpose, Background and Structure:

"To identify priority topics and management challenges to wild sheep throughout western North America; collaboratively develop solutions to those challenges; and foster strong relationships between state/provincial/territorial jurisdictions, indigenous groups, wild sheep advocates, federal land management agencies, domestic sheep operators, and recreational users of pack animals."

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


Northern Wild Sheep And Goat Council Symposium
April 20-23, 2020
Rescheduled to November 2-5, 2020

Canmore, Alberta
NWSGC Symposium Registration


Summer Wild Sheep Working Group Meeting (in conjunction with the WAFWA Summer Meeting)
July 12-13, 2020
Park City, Utah
WAFWA Summer Meeting Information





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
VACANT - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Doug McWhirter - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Daryl Lutz - 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
VACANT - Yukon Department of Environment

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