While driving through Estes Park, Colorado, we came upon this spectacular bighorn sheep!
The bighorn sheep is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb. while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb.
Bighorns from the Rocky Mountains are relatively large, with males that occasionally exceed 500 lb. and females that exceed 200 lb.
Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) are one of two species of mountain sheep in North America. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark brown, and have a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. Bighorn sheep get their name from the large, curved horns on the males, or rams. They are legendary for their ability to climb high, steep, rocky mountain areas.
Bighorn sheep eat different foods depending on the season. During the summer, they subsist on grasses or sedges. During the winter they eat more woody plants, such as willow, sage and rabbit brush. Desert bighorn sheep eat brushy plants such as desert holly and desert cactus.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, there were between 1.5 million to two million bighorn sheep in North America. Today, there are less than 70,000.
May 1st, 2014
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