Daily Archives: August 12, 2008

Counting Sheep

This statue of a bighorn sheep stands at the fork of a road in the east side of Tijuana where you either veer south to Rosarito Beach or continue on to Tecate. He looks a little lonely, and maybe that’s because he’s thinking of his love north of the border.

According to the Bighorn Institute, about 800 of the Peninsula Bighorn reside in the United States – where they are considered to be a federal endangered species – while recent surveys place the Mexican total at about 2,500.

A story in the Daily Bulletin says that bighorns from the U.S. cross the border into Mexico to mate with the herds down south. The 2006 story notes that additional border barriers could prevent these trysts and make it harder for the northern tribes to rebound.