U.S. Forest Service employees installed new Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep interpretive signs on March 26 at the Big Bend Sheep Viewing Site in the Poudre Canyon approximately eight miles west of Rustic.
These five new, redesigned panels were installed into existing frames to replace 20-year-old faded and outdated panels. This project was made possible with support from the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society and Wild Sheep Foundation, along with help from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
These same groups are also providing support for a proposed Poudre Canyon Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement Project. Planning for this project is taking place this spring and summer. This proposed project will enhance habitat for a portion of the approximately 120 bighorn sheep that call the Poudre Canyon home. Sheep populations in the Poudre Canyon appear to be rebounding from recent low numbers during the late 2000s. This project is aimed at continuing this trend.
Make sure to check out these signs and learn a little more about these sheep in the Poudre Canyon.