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Courtesy Photo by North Dakota Game and Fish Department A dead bighorn sheep ram with a radio-collar lays along a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 85 near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently hired a helicopter crew to relocate sheep from the high-traffic area to a safer part of the Badlands.

Protecting bighorns: Game and Fish moving sheep further into TRNP, away from Highway 85

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GRAND FORKS -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently deployed a helicopter crew to capture and relocate 12 bighorn sheep in an effort to reduce road-kill incidents along a heavily traveled stretch of U.S. Highway 85 north of the Little Missouri River near the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The highway in the heart of western North Dakota's Oil Patch has become one of the busiest roads in the state since the start of the oil boom.

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