A Few More Pay for Shot at Bighorn Sheep

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are hoping that by allowing a few more bighorn rams to be hunted the state can raise at least $800,000 to help the species grow stronger.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/xy5jAG ) reports the House of Representatives voted Sunday to increase from two to four the number of bighorn permits that will be auctioned or raffled to hunters.

According to the state Department of Game and Fish, a hunting permit for one bighorn once brought $190,000 at auction.

The bill was approved last week by state senators. It now goes to the governor for consideration.

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