At the top of Sulfur Skyline we ran into a family of Bighorn Sheep or “Ovis canadensis canadensis” - funny thing about the convention of Latin names, it sounds all fancy, but all that means is “sheep belonging to Canada”. Bighorn sheep graze on grasses and vegetation that are available in its rugged habitat on mountain slopes. This sparse environment provides the bighorn sheep with the ability to escape potential predators, such as grizzly or black bears and wolverines (not X-men variety, I don’t think they are too preoccupied with adamantium wielding mutants). Its keen eyesight allows it to detect movement and objects up to a kilometre away, giving it time to climb up or down a steep incline to safety. It can use ledges only five centimetres wide for footholds and can jump as far as six meters (18 feet) from ledge to ledge. With this agility and balance they usually have a fairly beautiful view - as you can see for yourself.
We hiked the highest peak in the ruby$! 3rd time up and I did the pyramid for the 2nd time! Fun hike and a tough hike! @danielmccoy57
I had a great day in the Upper Missouri River Breaks scouting out a few spots for some sheep! My dad drew a very high profile Big Horn Sheep tag, and luckily we were able to see a few today! It was a great day in the wilderness, summed up perfectly by seeing a few of the beautiful creature’s we’ll be trying to harvest in a few months.
I was assured I would see Big Horn Sheep while in Colorado....but not one was was to be found...so here’s a picture of the sign that promised them for the next 3 miles...the only BHS I saw...I guess I’ll have go back again sometime soon!
On vacay without the pups. Saw this beautiful boy in BC.
We hope everyone’s having as relaxing a day as these guys! Thanks for this great shot from the train of our amazing bighorn sheep, Betsy Lenhart Andromidas! 😊🐐 Would you like your photo to be featured? All you need to do is tag it with #RockyMountaineer
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You never know what you'll find in the backcountry, but on big horn peak we shouldn't have been so surprised to see a herd of 20 or more big horn sheep. I'm always a bit envious of these mountain dwelling creatures.
Some nice head gear on this ram.
Taken from the safety of our vehicle using a zoom lens. #yellowstonepledge
So this beautiful creature just walked by me with two of his buddies. ❤️
Once again we encounter wildlife on the road. These guys are residents of Sheep's Creek Canyon. You can clearly see they are wearing tracking devices. And just a few more pictures of rock formations.