There will be no legal hunting of bighorn sheep next year in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has decided not to hold a 2012 season in order to ease pressure on the Fort Robinson herd.
Officials say there are two bighorn sheep herds in the state's
northern Panhandle region, but the Fort Robinson herd has the
biggest and oldest rams that hunters prefer.
Herds in the Wildcat Hills region in the southern Panhandle also have only younger rams available for hunting.
Discussions have begun on relocating bighorns from Alberta, Canada, to the western Pine Ridge area of Nebraska early next year.
Bighorns were reintroduced to Nebraska in 1981 after they'd
vanished from the state because of habitat loss, disease and