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Mammals

Animals of America

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Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls in the Fall time...

Bighorn Sheep Ram Herd

Summer herd of bighorn sheep rams...

Grand Geyser

Grand, on right, Turban, and Vent Geyser erupting...

Firehole River

Firehole River with steam rolling out of Grand Prismatic and Excelsior Geysers in the background...

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Bighorn Sheep

Ram herd of bighorn sheep

It never fails when people see bighorn sheep they are fascinated, be it the horns on the rams, the ewes and lambs, or a lamb jumping over the rocks of their home. Bighorn sheep are found in the Rockies of North America, west into California and New Mexico, and into northern Mexico. The pictured rams above was part of a ram herd seen early May 2013.

When looking at adult rams the most impressive thing you see is their C-curved horns. Being horns they are never shed by the ram. The horns continues to grow from the head outward. Meaning if a tip gets damaged in a horn bashing clash the tip never "heals". The bigger the C-curve the older the ram. Bighorn sheep ram with tip of horn broken off
Bighorn sheep ewe and lamb herds During the year, except during the rut, males hang out together and ewe forms herds with other ewes, lambs, and yearlings.
Prior to giving birth an ewe will find a remote area and will stay there until the lamb is several days old. At that point they rejoin the herd. In just days the newborn is jumping over rocks and climbing the side of mountains. Bighorn ewe with young lamb

 

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