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Wranglers corral problem ram near San Marcos Pass

A loose ram that has been living near the area of State Route 154/San Marcos Pass was rounded up by a group of animal wranglers Saturday morning.

Residents said the ram has been living in the area for three or four months, wandering onto the roadway and onto private property.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi lives in the area and hired the wranglers to catch the ram and return it to its proper home.

The wranglers, Ralph Lausten, Willie Ingram and Marco of Rancho San Fernando Rey, helped lasso the ram and brought it out of the brush.

Arnoldi said the ram had made a dwelling for itself on his property and had been living in good health in the switchbacks of the San Marcos wilderness.

Arnoldi described the animal as a Barbados ram with beautiful coloring and fit for breeding.

Arnoldi said he is currently attempting to reunite the ram with the proper owner or find him a new home.

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