Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)

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Listing Status:   

General Information

A medium-size bovid. Muscular body, with thick neck. Color varies from dark brown above in northern mountains to pale tan in desert; belly, rump patch, back of legs, muzzle, and eye patch are white. Short, dark brown tail. Coat sheds in patches June–July. Ram has massive brown horns that curve up and back over ears, then down, around, and up past cheeks in C-shaped "curl"; spread to 33" (83 cm). Ewe has short, slender horns that never form more than half-curl. Juvenile has soft, woolly, creamy-fawn coat. Ht

  • States/US Territories in which the Peninsular bighorn sheep, Peninsular CA pop. is known to or is believed to occur:  California
  • US Counties in which the Peninsular bighorn sheep, Peninsular CA pop. is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
03/18/1998 California/Nevada Region (Region 8) U.S.A. (CA) Peninsular Ranges

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
02/01/2001 66 FR 8650 8677 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep; Final Rule
12/29/1999 64 FR 73057 73058 Notice of Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Bighorn Sheep in the Peninsular Ranges for Review and Comment
09/19/1997 62 FR 49398 49397 Review of Plant and Animal Taxa
11/15/1994 59 FR 58982 59028 ETWP; Animal Candidate Review for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species.
11/21/1991 56 FR 58804 58836 ETWP; Animal Candidate Review for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species; 56 FR 58804 58836
01/06/1989 54 FR 554 579 ETWP; Animal Notice of Review; 54 FR 554 579
04/14/2009 74 FR 17288 17365 Designation of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep and Determination of a Distinct Population Segment of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)
08/26/2008 73 FR 50498 50529 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Ranges Population of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni); Proposed Rule
05/08/1992 57 FR 19837 19843 ETWP; Proposed Rule to List the Peninsular Ranges Population of the Desert Bighorn Sheep as Endangered
03/25/2009 74 FR 12878 12883 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada
02/28/1996 61 FR 7597 7613 ETWP; Review of Plant and Animal Taxa That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species
07/05/2000 65 FR 41405 41424 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep
03/18/1998 63 FR 13134 13150 ETWP; Endangered status for the Peninsular Ranges Population Segment of the Desert Bighorn Sheep in Southern California
10/19/2000 65 FR 62691 62692 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reopening of Comment Period and Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis on Proposed Critical Habitat Determination for the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. Notice of Availability of Peninsular Bighorn Sheep Distribution Map
01/10/2005 70 FR 1737 1738 Notice of Intent to Scope for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit Associated with the Agua Calliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Habitat Conservation Plan, Riverside County, CA
09/18/1985 50 FR 37958 37967 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife; Notice of Review; 50 FR 37958-37967
04/27/2012 77 FR 25112 25116 5-Year Reviews of Species in California and Nevada

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
10/25/2000 Recovery Plan for Bighorn Sheep in the Peninsular Ranges, California View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
12/29/1999 64 FR 73057 73058 Notice of Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Bighorn Sheep in the Peninsular Ranges for Review and Comment
  • Notice Recovery Plan Avail.
03/25/2009 74 FR 12878 12883 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
04/27/2012 77 FR 25112 25116 5-Year Reviews of Species in California and Nevada
  • Notice 5-year Review, Completion
Five Year Review
Date Title
04/21/2011 Peninsular Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis ssp. nelsoni) 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
04/14/2009 74 FR 17288 17365 Designation of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep and Determination of a Distinct Population Segment of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) Final Rule Final designated
08/26/2008 73 FR 50498 50529 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Ranges Population of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni); Proposed Rule Proposed Rule Not Required
02/01/2001 66 FR 8650 8677 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep; Final Rule Final Rule Not Required
07/05/2000 65 FR 41405 41424 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Coachella Valley Multi-Species HCP

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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