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Desert bighorn sheep are heavy-bodied sheep. Brownish in color with white rumps. Desert Bighorn tend to have longer legs and thiner tightly curved horns compared to their larger stockier mountain relatives. They can also go for longer periods of time without drinking water.
High Mountain Desert around 5,000 ft. containing rocky sandstone cliffs and formations.
For over a year I have tried to catch a glimpse of the Desert Bighorn Sheep, a threatened subspecie of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of a Mother and lamb and today I finally got some great shots of a couple males! Loss of grazing habitat and disease from domestic livestock have devastated desert bighorn sheep populations. This has been a once in a lifetime treat for me!