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Bighorn Sheep Viewing Station Opens

(UPDATE: Fish & Game had the official ribbon-cutting Oct. 1, 2008)

By JASON KAUFFMAN

A new bighorn sheep viewing station near the rural community of Salmon will provide roadside viewing opportunities of these majestic mountain climbers in a site easily accessible by motorists.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have announced the opening of the viewing station at the Redrock sportsman's access area north of Salmon. The site includes public parking, a restroom and an interpretive kiosk where visitors can read about Idaho's bighorn sheep and view the sheep grazing nearby hills through a viewing scope. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the viewing station is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The viewing station has been in the works for more than a year, a Fish and Game news release states.

"The intent is to help visitors and locals alike appreciate the local population of bighorn sheep, how they live, the challenges that face them, and how people can support wild sheep," the news release says.

A second bighorn sheep viewing station is in the works for an area near Challis, northeast of the Wood River Valley.

According to Fish and Game, sections of U.S. Highway 93 from the small community of North Fork, located due north of Salmon, south nearly to Mackay, as well as state Highway 75 from Challis east towards Clayton have unofficially been called "Idaho's Bighorn Highway." Sheep can often be viewed from the road in these areas, all year long.

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