Counting Sheep| 59mins
Director: Frank Green | Producer: Frank Green
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: United States
What happens when a protected predator threatens an endangered prey? High in California's Sierra Nevada, the last few native bighorn sheep are fighting for survival. Threats from mountain lions have forced wildlife officials to take extraordinary measures to protect the bighorn. Two remarkable men stand between the bighorn and extinction. An oboe-playing mountain man turned consummate scientist finds an unlikely ally: a mountain lion tracker of skill and instinct - a modern-day frontiersman. Shot and produced over the course of twelve years, â€œCounting Sheepâ€ captures the plight of the Sierra bighorn with dynamic interviews and exquisite footage â€“ the first film ever of one of the most endangered mammals of North America. â€œCounting Sheepâ€ is a compelling portrait of an endangered species and the unusual collaboration between scientists, trackers, ranchers and politicians who are working to ensure the bighornâ€™s continued existence. The film raises thorny questions about animal rights and conservation.