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Exotic sheep abandoned in Sahuarita finds new home on border ranch
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Exotic sheep abandoned in Sahuarita finds new home on border ranch

A rogue Mouflon sheep found its new home Saturday, Game and Fish officials said.

Arizona Game and Fish Department in Tucson staff and volunteers relocated the sheep from a rural neighborhood west of Sahuarita to the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar, the department said Monday.

A Mouflon is an exotic sheep native to the Middle East. It may not be held without a special license issued by the game and fish department.

The Ranch, close to the the Arizona and New Mexico border near the Fort Apache Reservation, focuses on conservation and protection of animals, according to its website. 

The ram was allegedly released by someone who did not have a license to own it and was no longer a resident of the neighborhood, the department said.

Tucson Wildlife Center executive director Lisa Bates nudges two great horned owls into the air to exercise them as they recover from injuries on Tuesday. (Video: Henry Brean / Arizona Daily Star)

Contact reporter Stephanie Casanova at On Twitter: @CasanovaReports

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Stephanie is a Tucson native and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014. She worked for newspapers in Rapid City, South Dakota; Manhattan, Kansas; and Lake Havasu City before moving back to Tucson.

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