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A helicopter crew of professional wildlife wranglers transports a bighorn sheep in February 2010 in the North Dakota Badlands. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently transported a herd of sheep from a heavily traveled stretch of U.S. Highway 85 to a more remote area to reduce the incidence of road-kill deaths. At least a half-dozen sheep near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been killed by vehicles since 2010.

N.D. Game and Fish uses helicopter to move bighorn sheep away from Oil Patch highway

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently deployed a helicopter crew to capture and relocate 12 bighorn sheep in an effort to reduce road-kill incidents along a heavily traveled stretch of U.S. Highway 85 north of the Little Missouri River near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The highway in the heart of western North Dakota’s Oil Patch has become one of the busiest roads in the state since the start of the oil boom.

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