Bighorn Ewe - Stagleap Provincial Park, BC
A mature bighorn ewe, possibly the matriarch, makes her way down a snowy bank towards some exposed grass. As with most animals, bighorn spend most of their time eating during the colder winter months. This herd shows no different, with most of the exhibiting rather round bellies. Captured in Stagleap Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
The bighorn sheep is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb , while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb . Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of ''Ovis canadensis'', one of which is endangered: ''O. c. sierrae''. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of.. more