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Desert Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis nelsoni


This large 150 pound desert dweller is named for the large horns it carries. The horns start to grow after birth and continue to grow through the 12 year lifespan of this herbivore. The horns can weigh up to 30 pounds. The sheep has the ability to climb on steep slick-rock because of its special hooves and we watched this guy descend from the other side of the canyon. He was interested in us and came towards us, checked us out and then took a drink , crossed the creek and went up the other side of the canyon. He was alone.


The desert of the great western region of the US.


There are 900 Bighorn sheep living in the San Rafael Swell in Utah. We were so lucky to have him spot us

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Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Congratulations Cynthia !!
Wonderful series

CynthiaMHori 7 years ago

This was spotted in a region of the San Rafael Swell called Buckhorn Wash in Utah

Reptile lover 101
Reptile lover 101 7 years ago

Wear was this spotted

CynthiaMHori 7 years ago

Thanks Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Industrial-strength sheep. I like :) Congrats on your SOTD, Cynthia.

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Congratulations Cynthia!!! Wonderful series. Thank you for the information and for sharing :)

CynthiaMHori 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele!! what a wonderful honor!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Cynthia, this is our Spotting of the Day! I love how you described that the sheep spotted you! Thank you for your detailed notes.


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Utah, USA

Spotted on Nov 3, 2016
Submitted on Nov 5, 2016

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