TUCSON, Ariz. — Southern Arizona's bighorn sheep population is continuing to grow.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says it recently conducted an aerial survey over the silverbell mountains where they spotted 160 sheep and a mountain lion.
AZGFD says they now estimate the population there at over 400 sheep -- the largest among the four ranges near Tucson.
The department released video of the survey on Twitter Tuesday morning:
@azgfdTucson saw more than 160 bighorn sheep, and one mountain lion, doing a aerial survey in the Silverbell Mtns. recently. The herd there is the largest among four ranges near Tucson. The area’s bighorn pop. is now estimated at 400+. pic.twitter.com/7DgjaimD5W— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) October 8, 2019