Francisco "Pancho" Lopez Romero
10/17/1936 - 11/28/2010
While participating in the Bighorn Sheep Management Workshop in Ensenada, I met with Juan Francisco Lopez Lucero. Francisco is the son of Francisco Lopez Romero. Many hunters know the father as "Pancho" Lopez. Pancho was born on October 17, 1936, at Rancho El Mezquital, near Mulege, Baja California Sur.
He started guiding bighorn sheep hunters in 1970. While working for SEDUE, then the Consejo Nacional de la Fauna, followed by SARH, and finally the Seris, Pancho guided over 200 bighorn sheep hunts. He guided in nearly all of the bighorn sheep ranges in Baja California Sur; the southern ranges of Baja California near Bahia de los Angeles; and in Sonora on Tiburon Island.
1n 1998, Pancho guided Gary Hansen on Tiburon Island's first bighorn sheep permit, which had been won at auction for $200,000. Subsequently, Pancho guided Butch Kuflak to his 193 4/8 (green score) ram - the largest ram taken on the island - and George Harm's 181 6/8 (green score) ram taken with archery.
Pancho's last sheep hunt was in 2006. He returned to his ranch near the Tres Virgenes volcano near San Ignacio, Baja California Sur. He passed away there on November 28, 2010.
Pancho left his legacy and his passion for bighorn sheep to his youngest son. Francisco has a BS from the University of Sonora, an MS from the Autonomous University of Baja California, and is currently pursuing his Ph. D. at that University. His thesis is focused on Mexico's wildlife management conservation units. Following in the footsteps of his father, he worked as a Technician in Sonora on the reproduction of bighorn sheep; he facilitated the permit paperwork for hunting bighorn sheep and mule deer for the Ejido Bonfil in the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in Baja California Sur; and he is now conducting his thesis project in Baja California. The legacy of Pancho Lopez continues through his son - working on behalf of bighorn sheep and bighorn sheep hunters in Mexico.