Sunnyside residents have an advantage no one else in Utah has-they get to share their town with a herd of wild Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. On June 19, others can share that experience at a free viewing event hosted by the Divisions of Wildlife Resources. Biologists will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. to help visitors locate the animals and answer questions.
Each year, the sheep spend the summer in the general vicinity of the Sunnyside fire station and cliffs that surround the area near the station. They water at Grassy Trail Creek and forage on native and reclaimed vegetation in the area.
This band of bighorns, about 25 rams in all is accustomed to cars and people, so they can be observed and photographed at close range.
"We'll have spotting scopes and binoculars available for people to use, but we encourage those who have their own optics to bring them," says Brent Stettler, DWR regional conservation outreach manager.
The sheep can be viewed from the road, so those who have physical challenges don't need to worry about hiking or walking.
Stettler asks that people leave dogs at home and keep kids quiet to avoid startling the sheep.