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Desert Bighorn Skulls, Horns Up for Sale

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eight desert bighorn sheep skulls and horns that were recovered from ranges in southern New Mexico go on sale this week in a silent auction at the state Department of Game and Fish office in Santa Fe and Bob Gerding’s Hunting & Fishing Show in Albuquerque, the Game and Fish Department said in a news release.

The skulls — six rams and two ewes — became available for sale in November 2011 when the State Game Commission removed desert bighorn sheep from the state’s threatened and endangered species list, the release said.

Anyone who wishes to bid on the skulls and horns can see them and make a bid Wednesday and Thursday at the Game and Fish office at 1 Wildlife Way off Caja del Rio Road next to the Marty Sanchez Golf Course in Santa Fe.

The skulls will be at the Gerding show at the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque Friday through Sunday, where admission to the show is $8 for adults and free to children 11 and under, the release said.

Bidding for the first four skulls will close at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and for the remaining skulls at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Game and Fish said.

Winning bidders will be able to pick up the skulls and pay for them at department offices in Santa Fe or Albuquerque Feb. 13 to 17, according to the release.

Proceeds from the auctions will be used to augment the department’s bighorn sheep restoration program.

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