Feb 12, 2014 12:11 PM by Brian White

First lambs spotted among relocated bighorn

TUCSON - Arizona Game and Fish says they've spotted the first lambs born to the newly relocated bighorn sheep.

A Game and Fish biologist saw the 2 lambs in the Catalina Mountain's Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The lambs were close to their mothers-- who were released in Catalina State Park on Nov. 18.

Here's a picture of one of the lambs:

Bighorn sheep have low reproductive rates, Game and Fish spokesman Mark Hart said in a release. Bighorn ewes only give birth to one lamb a year, unlike their relatives who regularly deliver twins, Hart said.

Only 20 to 25 percent of these lambs make it past their first year.

The bighorn's lambing season is January through April.

The sheep were captured and moved from a mountain region near Yuma in an effort to restore the bighorn sheep population in the Catalinas.

The news of the lambs comes after the discovery of the tenth death of the relocated sheep.

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