Circle Ranch Game Cameras – Winter 2015
Below you will see many wildlife photos showing our mixed species sharing range and water. Note the areas frequented by different species.
Elk do well everywhere, particularly in the desert, which means elk are potential rescue species for empty deserts. Bulls would be worth $10,000 – $15,000 if allowed to reach maturity. Based on experience, observation and photographic evidence, we can say with confidence that these natives have not harmed our bighorn.
Aoudad are found only in our mountains. They are one of the few species able to deliver animal impact to remote rugged areas. They also have hunting value.
Pronghorn, llamas and mule deer are in all areas of the ranch. When llamas concentrate among pronghorn, we find our highest pronghorn fawn survival. Llamas chase away coyotes, which is why they make great guard animals.
The reason biodiversity is good not bad is because species are usually complimentary, not “competitive”. Invasive species believers who say that elk, burros, aoudad, llamas, alpacas, cattle, horses, cougar, coyotes, foxes – together accounting for more than half the species pictured here – should be eliminated, please note that these animals exhibit no conflict. As documented, the condition of animals and ranges is excellent. Attacks on these species are scientifically unfounded, and make the systems sick. They hurt the public’s hunting opportunities, and, by lowering potential ranch hunting incomes, are also an attack on property rights.