Sheep migration has started in the Boise Foothills

Posted at 10:16 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 00:16:52-04

If you're headed to the Boise foothills in the upcoming week, look out for a few extra visitors along the way.

The annual sheep migration across highway 55 took place on Saturday. The sheep are expected to be seen around Bogus Basin by Monday, before they move to the Lucky Peak area.

Coronavirus has put a dent on this years event compared to previous years, with spectator attendance being very low.

Rancher Frank Shirts said the virus is hurting the sheep industry tremendously. "The sheep business has been hurt worse than anybody because we have all those imports sitting in out freezer and they bring over hald into this country and just destroy us," said Shirts.

Shirts has taken place in the sheep migration for many years, but says this might be his last year if the economy doesn't rebound.