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In 1978, scabies was detected in the refuge’s desert bighorn population. The deadly disease spread rapidly and despite attempts to capture, treat and return healthy bighorn sheep to the San Andres Mountains, the population dwindled until only one lone ewe remained in 1997. The female wandered alone. The herd she grew up with had vanished. But in 1999, biologists released six rams captured from the Red Rock Wildlife Area of New Mexico. Follow the link below to learn more about what happened.