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Very small natural populations of aoudad or barbary sheep remained in northern Algeria.
Aoudad or barbary sheep, Ammotragus lervia (Pallas, 1777) is endemic to the mountain regions of North Africa throughout the Sahara (Brentjes, 1980).
In Algeria, Joleaud (1927, 1928) described the northern limit of distribution when aoudad was still present in the Tell Atlas (Seurat, 1930).
For each harvested animal, a gamekeeper confirmed the sex (aoudad females have large horns) and estimated the age by counting the horn segments as Fandos (1991) did for Iberian wild goats and Gray & Simpson (1985) did for aoudads.
In Espuna, 853 aoudads (568 females and 285 males) were harvested during 1980-1999.
According to Gray & Simpson (1985), horn size in male aoudads reaches 81% of its asymptote by four years of age.
La seleccion de los sitios prioritarios para el transplante de cimarrones fue basado en el potencial de contacto con borregos domesticos y cabras, y exoticos ferales como los aoudads (Ammotragus lervia), y la cantidad de la conjuncion de terreno de escape y disponibilidad de agua.
comm.) the Director of the Protected Area of MDC, free-ranging aoudad occur in the northern part of MDC, also their presence exist across the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas (Skiles pers.
Free-ranging aoudad have not been reported in SMP, however, records do exist for Sierra la Fragua located <2 km northwest of SMP (Espinosa et al.
But because sheep country is literally right out my back door in the Texas Panhandle, hunting wild aoudads is a challenge I relish every year.
According to the booklet, "The Aoudads of Palo Duro Canyon," published by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, aoudad (pronounced OW-dad), or Barbary sheep as they're called because they're native to the Barbary Coast of North Africa, are tough animals well adapted to tough terrain.
There is no trophy fee for hogs (there are many hogs), but there is a fee for axis, blackbuck, and aoudads. For more information on this great hunt, contact: Bill Watson, HCR 2, Box 1200, Utopia TX 28884; (830) 966-2369;;
After catnapping in my ground-level hide, I awoke to find an aoudad ram standing in front of me.
I was beginning to understand the rancher's conviction that this (bowhunting aoudads) would be "Awful darn tough!"
Now, Day Four with aoudads in sight--not close--but located, unaware of my presence, it was: well, just wait and see.