Desert Bighorn Sheep by John Wilson

Stone Sheep Rams by Krystal Dixon

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

Mission Statement:

  1. Identify priority topics and management challenges to wild sheep in western North America.
  2. Collaboratively develop solutions to those challenges; and
  3. Foster strong relationships among state/provincial/territorial jurisdictions, federal land management agencies, indigenous groups, and wild sheep advocates.
  4. Engage with domestic livestock owners and users that share the same landscapes inhabited by wild sheep.

Revised January 2020

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.


Upcoming Events


Northern Wild Sheep And Goat Council Symposium
Virtual Meeting November 3-5, 2020
Host Agency: Alberta Environment & Parks, Fish and Wildlife Division, Beth MacCallum, Chair

NWSGC Symposium Registration


Desert Bighorn Council Meeting
Virtual Meeting April 6 – 9, 2021
Host Agency: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Froylan Hernandez, Chair



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 and Bill Jex - British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands & Nat. Res. Op
Tom Stephenson and Scott Gardner - California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Andy Holland - Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Hollie Miyasaki - Idaho Department of Fish & Game
VACANT - 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 and Collin Gillin - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Chad Lehman - South Dakota Department Game, Fish, & Parks
Froylan Hernandez - Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
VACANT - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
VACANT - Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Doug McWhirter and Daryl Lutz - Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Brian Logan and John Shivik - U.S. Forest Service
Frank Quamen - Bureau of Land Management
Jenny Powers and Nathan Galloway- National Park Service
Clay Brewer and Kevin Hurley - Wild Sheep Foundation
VACANT - Yukon Department of Environment

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