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Ryan Platte (Recovery Act Intern):
I monitor and track the radio-collared Desert
Bighorn Sheep and Desert Mule Deer.
Kevin Cobble (Refuge Manager):
He comes in the morning, usually just loads up his gear
and goes out to the refuge which is about a half-hour
drive and basically some days heíll just go back and
forth and just kind of check to see if he can get all
of the radio signals from the animals. Once he does that
and confirms that he has them and that thereís no
mortality signals, then heíll go in or depending on which
group he hasnít viewed in a while, heíll try to go in
on that animal and just get a visual on it. So then itís
a matter of hiking anywhere for probablyÖ on a good
day he can hike for a couple of hours and see the animals
on a really long day heís hiking 8-10 hours and not
The (New Mexico) Game and Fish spent a lot of money
transplanting these new bighorn sheep to try to get
this population back together, and we need to know
if the population is growing and how the population
is doing health-wise, and you canít do that unless you
have someone on the ground actually viewing the animals
and getting a feel for how theyíre doing out there.
Kelly Mensah (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service):
Whatís the best thing about the job?
Itís outdoors, itís doing what I love to do, itís
an amazing job, I couldnít ask for anything more!
Title: Recovery Act Intern Tracks Sheep at San Andres National Wildlife Refuge
Ryan Platte was hired as a Recovery Act intern to monitor and track bighorn sheep at the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge. This video follows Ryan Platte on a typical day at work as he answers questions about his unique job.
Related project: Southwest Region, Employ 20 Temporary Hires, FFS #R2NF
Location: Las Cruces, NM, USA
Date Taken: 6/14/2010
Video Producer: Kelly Mensah , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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