Once in a while, guests exploring the Indian Canyons or Tahquitz Canyon discover themselves stopped of their tracks, mesmerized by a magnificent-looking creature with large curled horns and piercing, wide-set eyes that has instantly appeared alongside the steep fringe of a cliffside: the Peninsular desert bighorn sheep.
What must you do should you’re ever lucky sufficient to identify one? “Simply benefit from the view from afar,” says Katarina Waszak, Environmental Planner for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. “It’s vital to do not forget that these are wild animals, and you don’t want to get shut or attempt to pet them,” she explains in a brand new video presentation for the first-ever Bighorn Youth Academy placed on at the side of the Agua Caliente Youth Group Committee.
The youth academy was not too long ago launched by the Tribe to assist the attendees be taught extra about these stunning animals, whose numbers started to drastically decline within the Nineteen Seventies attributable to a wide range of elements resembling human disturbance, habitat loss, predation, and illness. By 1998, the Peninsular bighorn have been positioned on the federal endangered species record, ensuing within the improvement of a restoration plan aimed to information the restoration of the inhabitants.