The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep of the Rio Grande Gorge are having a great population increase. In 2005 there were none. In 2006 the NM Fish and Game brought in 23 and as of 2014 there are over 200. My explorations into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument bring me face to face with these majestic creatures. Image created just East of Taos New Mexico.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep occupy open, mountainous habitat either above timberline or in open canyons and slopes below forests and woodlands. They are characterized by low reproductive rates, long life spans, and populations that can be bottom-up regulated by nutritional constraints or top-down limited by predation.
July 8th, 2014
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