Wyoming Winds Historical

Wyoming Winds Historical (HM1TBS)

Location: Kinnear, WY 82516 Fremont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 13.728', W 109° 0.516'

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On the wind-blown mountain slopes south and west of Dubois winters the world's largest herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The bighorn once was found throughout all mountain habitats of the Rockies: today its range is but a remnant. The sheep-eater Indians once hunted the mountains and basins of the Winds. The Wind River Mountains high to the west of this site are inhabited by elk, mule-deer and mountain sheep in the summer. These herds migrate to lower elevation wind-swept slops and shrub-covered basins to winter. The Whiskey Basin sheep population has become an important source of sheep for western American efforts to expand the bighorn's range and improve the long-term welfare of the species. Through the use of transplanting and hunting the herd in this area is maintained at about 1000 wintering bighorns. Each year excess animals are transplanted to reoccupy former ranges, or supplement bighorn herds throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
The winds constantly blow and keep the foothill vegetation exposed for wintering wildlife. In the rainshadow of the Wind River Mountains the basin does not generally retain deep snow cover. As a result, the shrubs and grasses in this area provide an available winter food source to wildlife. The winds play on the landscape to help make "Wyoming's Wildlife- Worth the Watching."
Placed ByWyoming Fish and Game Department
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Date Added Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 661714 N 4788148
Decimal Degrees43.22880000, -109.00860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 13.728', W 109° 0.516'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 13' 43.68" N, 109° 0' 30.96" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10015-10027 US-287, Kinnear WY 82516, US
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