Bighorn Ram

October 27, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a while since I've seen the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Jackson Hole.

During summer, these animals migrate to higher elevations.  Once the cold weather arrives in fall, however, they make their way down again.

We got our first snow of the fall season here in the Tetons yesterday so the sheep are once again arriving near their winter grounds; typically the National Elk Refuge in these parts.

Here are some of my favorite shots of the sheep in spring, before they moved to their summer grounds.


A bighorn ram stares into the camera.  Both males (rams) and females (ewes) have horns for life.  The ewes' horns are more slender, less long and curved.


 


 

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Bighorn Sheep require minerals in their diet: the salt they find on roads (and cars) are a favorite!



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