From the moment I looked at sheep through a spotting scope I was hooked. I had gone hunting with my uncle way back in time and during a break he had used a pair of binoculars to locate the sheep. He then set up the spotting scope and pointed the sheep, California Bighorn, out to me. I was quite amazed how well they blended into the environment. It took some time for me to learn how to spot sheep on my own but in the end I figured it out.
Sheep, be it Dahl, Stone, California Big Horn or Rocky Mountain Big Horn, are veritable mountain climbers. The way they
move up and down on steep cliffs, which would make my stomach turn, is just astounding. Even the kids display such surefootedness from the moment they are born.
Ewes, the female sheep, and kids usually stay together while the rams have their own “bachelor’s club” going. It is usually only during the rut in late fall that the ewes intermingle with the rams for the purpose of procreation. Rams will fight over the right to mate with the females by violently butting their head together. These contests often last for hours on end. Once a clear winner is established the rams are friends once again until next season when the whole spectacle will play out all over again.
All the sheep depicted here are of the Rocky Mountain Big Horn variety.
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