State wildlife officials are considering re-introducing bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains.
The sheep have been absent from the region for nearly a century. The species was put on the endangered species list in 1980, then removed in 2011 following successful recovery efforts.
Now there are an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 bighorn sheep statewide.
Game and Fish is now asking for public comment on the proposal to re-establish them in the southern New Mexico mountains.
A meeting is scheduled for Sep. 19, in Alamogordo.