Wildlife scientists study sheep disease in Wyoming

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JACKSON, Wyo. | Wyoming wildlife scientists are in the early stages of a study of bighorn sheep.

The study is trying to determine if well-fed, healthy bighorn sheep are less prone to contracting deadly pneumonia than sheep in poorer nutritional condition.

The research builds on disease monitoring in the Jackson sheep herd in recent years, and also of herds near Dubois and Cody.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials tell the Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/1CbnaX2) that they hope to combine the Wyoming research similar research in Montana and Colorado.

They are hoping that the combined research gives a broad-scale look into the dynamics of bighorn sheep die-offs.

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com