The first such "hunt" was conducted this past May and June and resulted in the removal of 232 mouflon sheep and two feral pigs by only 28 volunteers. The next round of hunts will take place every other week beginning November 27, 2004. Would-be participants had to apply to a special lottery held by the Park Service last month. On learning of the lottery deadline last month, we issued an e-mail bulletin alerting E-mail Extra subscribers in time to apply.
There may still be another lottery, but that is not certain, as all of the current volunteers on the list have to have an opportunity to hunt before another one will be created. By that time, all of the sheep may have been removed from the park. You can keep up with events at the park by going to the web site or call Jon Faford. Suffice it to say, this "hunt" is not a good-news development. It marks the end of a wonderful free-range mouflon hunt that scores of Hunting Report subscribers have enjoyed over the years.