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(Ovis canadensis) BIGHORN SHEEP

Size of Jasper Alberta's Bighorn Sheep

  • Mass: 53 - 143 kg
    Length: to 6.5 ft. (2 m)

  • Where do Bighorn Sheep Live?

  • Wildlife living area: Desert & Mountains
    Status: Special concern. Threatened with eventual extinction, Bighorn Sheep numbers are only one-tenth the population that existed before people began exploiting the Rockies. The subspecies Ovis canadensis auduboni of the Black Hills and adjacent areas has already become extinct. Hunting has been prohibited or controlled since the early 1900's, but much illegal poaching still occurs. Recovery of numbers has been slow for these animals and their future is bleak unless further conservation measures are taken.
    Range: Bighorn Sheep are found in the Rocky Mountains from southern Canada to Colorado.

  • Bighorn Sheep Ram Battle for Mating Rights

    Bighorn Sheep Boss Receives a Challenger During the Rutting Season

    Bighorn Sheep Ramping Up for the Rut

    Bighorn Sheep Ewes with Newborn Lambs

    Canadian Rockies Roadside Ram Rumble

    A Young Bighorn Ram Tries to Isolate a Ewe from the rest of the group during the Rutting season

    Details on Jasper's Bighorn Sheep

  • Males 119-127kg; females 53-91 kg. Rams typically measure 160-180 cm from head to tail, while ewes are approximately 150 cm. Bighorn sheep have double-layered skulls shored with struts of bone for battle protection. They also have a broad, massive tendon linking skull and spine to help the head pivot and recoil from blows.

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Bighorn Sheep Ram Horns can weigh as much as 31 pounds, which equals the weight of all of the rest of a Male Ram's entire body's bones. The horns of a female are much smaller and only slightly curved. The horns of a ram can tell much about him such as his age, health, and fighting history. The desert subspecies, Ovis canadensis nelsoni, is somewhat smaller and has flatter, wider-spreading horns. Certain species of sheep wool is shaved off of and used as a plush natural source for Sheepskin Boots, shoes, blankets and medical cushions.

Bighorn tracks are 2.5 - 3.5 in. (6 - 9 cm.) long and are splayed somewhat when running.

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bighorn tracks - Jasper Wildlife
Bighorn Sheep Tracks