“Arizona’s hotter months provide the best opportunities for seeing sheep up close,” says Joe Yarchin, Game and Fish’s watchable wildlife program coordinator. “Sheep stay close to the water during June and July, and since the mating season is still under way, we occasionally see rams fighting or chasing ewes. But, the thing I enjoy most is watching lambs born earlier in the year cavorting around near their mothers; their agility is a marvel.”
The tour will leave Acacia Recreation Area at 7 a.m., heading up lake towards the dam to look for sheep. In addition to bighorn sheep, bald eagles, herons, and a variety of waterfowl are often seen. The area is also home to a myriad of other wildlife including deer, mountain lions, javelina and numerous small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
To register, call Joe Yarchin at (623) 236-7589, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check or money orders should be made out to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and mailed to: Joe Yarchin, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Payment must be received within 10 days of registration. Parking for the event will be at Acacia Recreation Area and a $6 Tonto Pass is required to park at the recreation site.