Wiens has owned his area for 26 years. It produces stone sheep, moose, elk, goats and grizzly. The current stone sheep quota is 17. Asked if the current concern over stone sheep populations and a consequent cut in outfitters' quotas influenced his decision to sell, Wiens said no. He said that too much is being made of what he thinks is a temporary decline in the number of big stone rams. He said the principal reason for the decline was severe winterkills nine and 10 year years ago. We lost lots of lambs those two years, Wiens says."And that is what we are seeing now: the long-term result of losing two back-to-back year classes of sheep. He went on to say that he was confident that hunting results and population numbers would improve, possibly as soon as this season.