>> Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This week I am a bit late. But I am ready!
My picture today is a Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis). The males are commonly known as rams. The horns can weigh as much as 30 pounds which is more than all its other bones combined!
It is on the endangered species list and I was lucky enough to see one in Flaming Gorge on the Utah/Wyoming Border . As you can see, he is wearing a lovely blue tracking collar.
These guys are pretty hard to see in the wild so needless to say, I was very excited when I saw this guy. Bighorns do have a home range. They usually hang out in very protected/hidden/middle-of-nowhere areas near rocky cliffs. Part of their decline is disease cause by domesticated sheep. They are in steady decline and you can adopt one here. If you want to find out more, there are tons of great sites. I may do a post later in the week with a bit more detail. I would be blue if I never got to see one again.