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ANTELOPE ISLAND, Utah (AP) — Bighorn sheep used to roaming rocky cliffs on an island in the Great Salt Lake found themselves in even higher altitudes Friday as they soared through the air on slings attached to helicopters.

The animals’ flight was part of a periodic roundup to control the sheep’s population on the 15-mile (24-kilometer) long island.

Officials with the state Division of Wildlife Resources and State Parks used the helicopter to bring about 15 sheep to a staging area at a ranch on the island, where the sheep received vaccinations and health checks.

The animals were loaded onto trailers and driven to central Utah mountains, where they’ll be released.

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