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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis

Description:

Bighorn rams have large, cashew nut-shaped horns, and have bodies best described as stocky and powerfully built. The horns of females are thinner, shorter and do not curve as much. Both sexes are brown above and lighter below. In spring, the heavy hair of these animals may be somewhat bleached by sunlight, particularly on animals that live at higher altitudes where the sun is stronger.

Habitat:

High mountain meadows and rock faces today, but once various subspecies were found on steep, rugged country in the prairies.

Notes:

There were two rams in this group and I found them just above the rugged canyons above the Yellowstone River.

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3 Comments

I will always have a special place in my heart for these guys. I loved watching Wild America and the were 2 were ramming each other. Great shot.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 13 years ago

Juan, Thank you. You're a very good photographer and your compliment means much!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 13 years ago

Really nice picture

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Jun 14, 2007
Submitted on Jun 16, 2011

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