7 bighorns die after being hit by vehicles near Bonner, elsewhere

Missoulian | July 19, 2013 6:00 am  •  By Keila Szpaller

Seven bighorn sheep were killed in west-central Montana in the past week after being struck by vehicles, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Five of those sheep died after two collisions along Montana Highway 200 just east of Bonner, according to the agency. No human injuries were reported, but wildlife biologist Vickie Edwards said the agency wants to remind motorists the tall grasses along parts of the highway are habitat for the animals.

“These lambs are tucked in there, and they’re playful, so they’re bounding all over the place, and the next thing you know, they’re jumping out on the highway,” Edwards said.

Drivers should watch for bighorn sheep in the following areas, according to Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

• East Fork of the Bitterroot.

• U.S. Highway 93 south of Darby.

• Skalkaho Road.

• Montana Highway 1 near Anaconda.

• Petty Creek Road.

• Highway 200 along the Blackfoot River and Rock Creek.

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