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BHS Project AZ G&F Catalinas, AZ
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BHS Project AZ G&F Catalinas, AZ 
BHS Project AZ G&F Catalinas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking5.24 Miles 2,328 AEG
Hiking5.24 Miles   8 Hrs   6 Mns   0.65 mph
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I convinced the guys to join me in doing a Bighorn Research project for the AZ Game and Fish. Just in case, another friend joined us so that if Joel had to bail he could (he didn't!).

We were given several use and random points in which to visit and collect data. I took the points and using Expert GPS and Google Earth plotted routes around drop-offs. Google Earth even showed me to an undocumented trail. My advance work paid off we were able to successfully get to all the points until heat made us stop.

The places we visited were in rough terrain including cliffs. All kinds of cholla and prickly plants graced our routes. I doubt any of us managed to not get poked. The best was when Mike bent over and got cholla on his bum. We also encountered a rattlesnake.

The afternoon heat was getting to us, me especially since I just returned from the Netherlands the evening before. I started to get scared that the trail I saw on Google Earth was just a drainage but finally we found it and we were able to get back on trail a lot faster than we would have without it.

I was a little bummed that we didn't do all the points I plotted but we won't have too much work next weekend to finish off that section since the UDT exists.

I hope that the data we collect helps the G&F determine why the Bighorns disappeared in the 90s and whether or not the reintroduction will be successful. All I know is that I confirmed what I already knew, Bighorn Sheep hang out in very precarious places :)
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