An accomplished sportsman and outdoor enthusiast has failed to convince the Board of Supervisors to feature a desert big horn sheep rather than an elk on its official Mohave County government seal.

Don Martin told supervisors during their April 17 board meeting that elk were imported from Yellowstone National Park and introduced in the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman 80 years ago. He said fewer than 100 elk inhabit the mountain range while the county hosts a more substantial population of big horn sheep.

“That’s something in the county that we should be proud of,” Martin said. “We are home to the largest native (‘nelsonized’) sheep population in the world.”

Supervisors did not question Martin’s enthusiasm or his pride in the sheep that majestically roam steep, rocky terrain in the region. Supervisors Hildy Angius and Jean Bishop, however, noted that the county spent several thousand dollars when it updated and digitized the current seal just four years ago.

Bishop expressed reluctance to open up the seal design joking that someone may favor use of a jack rabbit or rattlesnake to decorate the emblem. Board Chairman Gary Watson noted that many support leaving the elk on the seal as is.

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