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Potentially Deadly Illness Found in Bighorn Sheep
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Potentially Deadly Illness Found in Bighorn Sheep

Wildlife biologists say bighorn sheep herds living the Eldorado, McCullough and Spring Mountain ranges have a potentially deadly illness that had previously been found in other sheep herds in southern Nevada.

The sheep herds have a bacterial pneumonia that appears to have spread from the herd in the River Mountains, which are between Henderson and Boulder City.

To make matters worse, the herd living in the Spring Mountain area have a second type of pneumonia, which lead to a deadly outbreak among sheep in California.

Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Pat Cummings calls the situation "a worst-case scenario." It is believed the illness was spread by bighorn rams that wander over a large area.

The illness can not spread to humans, but it is a major threat to efforts to bring back the populations of the bighorn sheep. 

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