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One of the 31 desert bighorn sheep takes off into the Santa Catalina Mountains from Catalina State Park as the sun peaks over the ridge Monday morning.
Two groups of sheep were gathered from near Yuma and Quartzsite and relocated to the Santa Catalina Mountains.
One by one, desert bighorn sheep leapt out of their trailer as they were released back into the wild Monday.
Numerous people gathered at Catalina State Park Monday morning to witness the first desert bighorn sheep to take up residence within the Santa Catalina Mountains within the last decade.
All but one of the desert bighorn sheep released Monday were equipped with a GPS collar, which tells officials where they are throughout each day.
Officials brief the people before the release of the desert bighorn sheep on where they will be allowed to stand.
One of the more than 30 Desert bighorn sheep released Nov. 18 to the Santa Catalina Mountains was found dead