NDOW TO HAUL 55,000 GALLONS OF WATER TO HELP DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP

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  1. JDK

    JDK Moderator Moderator

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    As drought conditions continue to plague the West, Nevada wildlife officials are working to ensure that the animals that need extra water receive it. Over next week or so, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will be hauling approximately 55,000 gallons of water to roughly 12 “guzzlers” in the mountain ranges that stretch across the southern portion of the state, according to FOX 5 News-Las Vegas.

    The additional water will not only help the desert bighorn sheep population, but other wildlife, too.

    “Normally it’s the seasonal rains we get between November and February that fills these tanks up and then they get replenished with the monsoons. We really haven’t had either one of those for a while,” said NDOW’s Douglas Nielsen.

    Guzzlers are water storage systems that provide water to wildlife during the parched summer months. Without seasonal rains, the guzzlers haven’t been replenished, according to FOX 5 News-Las Vegas. Using helicopters, NDOW will carry 180 gallons at a time using Bambi Buckets that are like the ones used to fight wildfires.

    Last year, NDOW and other partners and volunteers carried over 167,000 gallons of water to fill 30 different guzzlers across the state. The agency hopes that this year’s efforts will help desert bighorn sheep and other area wildlife during these parched months.

    “In 1967 we had about 2,500 to 3,000 bighorn sheep statewide and today thanks to projects like guzzlers or our trapping and transplanting efforts, we’re up to about 12,000 sheep statewide,” said Nielsen.
     
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  2. tomturkey

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    A long way from Nevada to Michigan but this spring when I was turkey hunting we got a little rain after a dry winter. You could tell the deer were thirsty as every little puddle had deer tracks around it.
     
  3. Goosekiller

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    IMO, every swimming pool in Vegas should be emptied. I'll never understand how it's ok to steal water from Northern counties and have a swimming pool in one's backyard. A bunch of BS. And that goes for the casinos too.
     
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    lol
    I don't care for Vegas myself, but it does pay for just about everything in this state and has for a long time. Why they are looking for water up north?..who knows. We use nowhere near our Colorado River allotment. Seems that has kind of slowed now that Pinky's Coyote Springs has petered out, I think he and that was the driver behind it.
    Plus, I make my fortune keeping those POS pools looking and running right. So...
     
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    NOH2O4LV signs all over White Pine County
     

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