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Bighorn sheep and fire: seven case histories

Author(s): James M. Peek, Raymond A. Demarchi, Dennis A. Demarchi
Year Published: 1985

Responses of seven bighorn sheep populations and habitats to prescribed fire and wildfire in southern British Columbia, Idaho, and Glacier National Park ranged from no influence to increase; interacting factors such as lungworm infection, livestock grazing, and reduction in forage overrode potential benefits of subsequent increases in production and nutritive content of forages. A list of factors to be considered before prescribed fire is used in bighorn habitats is provided.

Citation: Peek, J. M., D. A. Demarchi, R. A. Demarchi, Stucker, D. E. 1985. Bighorn sheep and fire: seven case histories. In: Lotan, James E.; Brown, James K. (compilers). Fire's effects on wildlife habitat - symposium proceedings; 1984 March 21; Missoula, MT. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-186. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 36-43.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Wildlife, Fire & Wildlife, Mammals, Ungulates
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Mountain shrubland/wooded draw, Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11057
FRAMES RCS number: 12619
Record updated: Mar 20, 2018