Efforts fail to stem fatal pneumonia among bighorn sheep

About two-thirds of the bighorn sheep born east of Washington's Yakima River this spring died from a strain of pneumonia, despite efforts to keep the disease from spreading. Last spring, officials launched a program to kill off sick sheep west of the river as part of a strategy to keep the pneumonia from spreading, but recent evidence including new reports of sick adult animals show the effort didn't work.

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