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Published September 13, 2011, 12:54 PM

Survey shows steady numbers for ND bighorn sheep

BISMARCK, N.D. — Wildlife officials say bighorn sheep numbers in North Dakota remain strong despite three consecutive severe winters.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Wildlife officials say bighorn sheep numbers in North Dakota remain strong despite three consecutive severe winters.

A survey taken in July and August in western North Dakota showed 290 bighorn sheep, which is unchanged from last year and just 26 below 2008's record.

State Game and Fish Department spokesman Brett Wiedmann says biologists are “pleasantly surprised” by the numbers. He says it shows that the animals are hardy.

North Dakota's bighorn sheep hunting season opens Oct. 21 and continues through Nov. 3. Six licenses were issued.

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