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Feb 16, 2014 10:44 AM by Associated Press

11th bighorn sheep dies in mountain near Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an 11th bighorn sheep has died in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, where 31 bighorns were released late last year.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reported Saturday that the ram's corpse was found Wednesday and the animal had been killed by a mountain lion.

Game and Fish officials say a mountain lion also killed a bighorn ewe, whose remains were found Feb. 7.

The deaths come just a few days after the agency announced the sighting of two lambs, the first in the area in a generation.

Thirty-one bighorn were released in Catalina State Park on Nov. 18 after relocation from mountains in western Arizona.

The department says hikers should avoid the sheep recovery area during the lambing season, which runs January through April.

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