UPDATE 5/29/2014: In regards to a recent article in the Las Vegas Review Journal, I have reactivated this petition to run up to Nevada's next legislative session.
Why are laws being relaxed which were implemented to protect not only this beautiful animal, but also a symbolic representative of the State of Nevada? Although further regulations should be considered, a review and repeal of the following issue would be a start!
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Hunters will no longer be mandated to attend a class before they can hunt bighorn sheep in Nevada.
In years past, hunters would have to attend an indoctrination course before receiving their hunting tag. Hunters also were required to carry binoculars or a spotting scope of a certain power while in the field.
A regulation approved by a legislative panel removes those rules. The Nevada Department of Wildlife says those requirements were implemented years ago when the state was trying to boost bighorn sheep numbers. The purpose was to ensure hunters could tell the age of an animal and prevent the killing of young ones.
Officials say Nevada's bighorn sheep numbers have since grown, and the regulation is no longer needed.
They also say most hunters carry optic equipment anyway.
In 2012, rules for bighorn sheep hunting in Nevada had been relaxed. We the undersigned graciously request a review of this matter as this animal is not only a beautiful creature, but also a symbolic representative of the great State of Nevada. We also believe that given its status as the state animal of Nevada, ALL hunting of the bighorn sheep be put to an end. Thank you for your time and careful consideration regarding this matter.