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Research Article

Local Extinction and Unintentional Rewilding of Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) on a Desert Island

  • Benjamin T. Wilder mail,

    benjamin.wilder@email.ucr.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, United States of America

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  • Julio L. Betancourt,

    Affiliation: National Research Program, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Clinton W. Epps,

    Affiliation: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Rachel S. Crowhurst,

    Affiliation: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Jim I. Mead,

    Affiliation: Department of Geosciences, and Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology, East Tennessee University, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Exequiel Ezcurra

    Affiliations: Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, United States of America, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), Riverside, California, United States of America

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  • Published: March 19, 2014
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091358

About the Authors

Benjamin T. Wilder, Exequiel Ezcurra
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, United States of America
Julio L. Betancourt
National Research Program, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, United States of America
Clinton W. Epps, Rachel S. Crowhurst
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America
Jim I. Mead
Department of Geosciences, and Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology, East Tennessee University, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America
Exequiel Ezcurra
University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), Riverside, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: benjamin.wilder@email.ucr.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: BTW JLB CWE RSC JIM. Performed the experiments: CWE RSC JIM. Analyzed the data: BTW JLB CWE RSC JIM EE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JLB CWE JIM EE. Wrote the paper: BTW JLB CWE.