Bighorn sheep have returned to the Pyramid Lake Mountain Range, 100 or more years since the last herd was seen there.
On Tuesday, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released 21 bighorns into the hills above Pyramid Lake, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The sheep were historically an important source of food for Native Americans in the area but were last seen in the range in the early 1900s.
The sheep released Tuesday were relocated from the Sheep Range near Battle Mountain.
Efforts have been made since the 1980s to try to reintroduce sheep back into the Pyramid Lake range, but it was in June 2018 that the tribe approved working with the wildlife department on the project.
Funding came from the Nevada Wildlife Record Book Foundation, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and Fish and Wildlife services.
The population statewide dipped to about 2,000 in the 1950s due to unregulated hunting and disease, according to NDOW, but there are now about 12,000 following efforts aimed at getting them back into mountain areas they once inhabited.