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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. Bighorn sheep,Geotagged,Mammals,Ovis canadensis,United States,Winter,Wyoming,Yellowstone National Park Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

    comments (7)

  1. I can imagine you freaking out. There's something both kind and devilish in those square eyes! Posted 5 years ago
    1. They are really a pretty docile animal. And, being in the park, they are pretty used to people. But they are wild animals and you never know when one will decided when you've gone too far. I do love their eyes, they have a very unique beauty. Posted 5 years ago
  2. I think these animals are just stunning, alongside with all their other cousins (Dall or Doll ? / Desert sheep etc.). These have adapted to their surroundings so well. Great shot, love the colors. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you! These sheep really are stunning creatures and in a class of their own. All of the species and subspecies are really well-adapted to their own environments and are really fun to observe. Posted 5 years ago
  3. This picture is simply amazing!! I'm jealous, yet ok that they came so close to you for some shots. Such a good day :) Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you so much! In the end, it all worked out well for everyone. It was a great day in the park :) Posted 5 years ago
  4. This picture is simply amazing!! I'm jealous, yet ok that they came so close to you for some shots. Such a good day :) Posted 5 years ago

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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

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Uploaded Feb 18, 2015. Captured Feb 14, 2015 07:27 in Yellowstone National Park, U.S. 212, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/4.8
  • 10/6400s
  • ISO800
  • 140mm