Bighorn Sheep Tracking Collar - "Raising awareness of Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae"

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Bighorn Sheep Tracking Collar -  Raising awareness of Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae
Bighorn Sheep Tracking Collar - "Raising awareness for Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae (M.Ovi)"

Help support SCIENCE BASED WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT in British Columbia. This unique item is the first 1 of 2 Bighorn Sheep tracking collars to ever be auctioned off in British Columbia. Own the MOST UNIQUE collectibles to have in any trophy room.

Collar #64 was deployed in 2018 as an ongoing research project for Psorotic mange and health monitoring. This collar was deployed in the spring of 2018 on a 3 year old ram. This ram survived for several years before he was killed by predation from a cougar. He was killed in a thickly wooded area as he moved towards rocky escape terrain. This is an area that Wild Sheep Society of BC has funded the initial stages of habitat enhancement work such as thinning and spacing to increase food abundance, and reduce predation risk. This population is also the population that is currently experiencing a M.ovi outbreak in the southern interior of BC. As you can see in the photos, the tag has bite marks from the Cougar.

Studying bighorn sheep by monitoring radio-collared individuals with GPS collars that upload locations to satellites. The satellite transmitter sends data about an individual’s location to a web site or via email. Lambs are especially susceptible to pneumonia so we intensively monitor ewes and lambs from birth to weaning. Data from these collars are the basis of solid research around this disease. The information about survival, location, reproduction, and habitat is to improve the understanding of pneumonia transmission dynamics across the landscape of British Columbia.

Every dollar raised from this auction item will go directly to Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae research in British Columbia, and to help eradicate it from the landscape.

DONOR: Wild Sheep Society of BC