Portrait of a Bighorn Ram
While watching some bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park, this ram approached the area I was crouched in to a distance that made even myself uncomfortable. Likely, this mature ram would not show any aggression towards me, but he is wild and unpredictable. I was waiting by the Yellowstone River for the rams to come down for a drink or eat grass by along the river bank when he walked up and starting browsing at a distance of only 4 or 5 meters! He was even kind enough to pose for me.
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