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Big Horn Sheep in Yellowstone National Park


Big horn sheep are not as visible in Yellowstone Park as they are in Glacier Park. There is one area directly above the road shortly after the Gardner entrance to Yellowstone Park that is frequented by Bighorn sheep. Trouble is that to see them at this point you better not be driving.


Young big horn ram near Gardner, Montana in Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins

Young big horn ram near Gardner, Montana in Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins
Bighorn females can weigh up to 200 lb. Big horn rams occasionally exceed 500 lb.



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bighorn lamb Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins

Bighorn lamb on narrow rocky cliff in Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins


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Big Horn Sheep ewes, lambs and yearling males band together. Small band of Big Horn Sheep moving to fresh range in Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins


bighorn lamb Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins

Big Horn Sheep are very nimble on rocky, uneven narrow trails in Yellowstone National Park. © Shawn Coggins
For more photos of big horn sheep visit my site on Glacier National Park. www.glacierhikers.com/wildlife.html


Bighorn Sheep were amongst the most admired animals of the Apsaalooka, or Crow, people, and what is today called the Bighorn Mountain Range was central to the Apsaalooka tribal lands. In the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area book, storyteller Old Coyote describes a legend related to the Bighorn Sheep. A man possessed by evil spirits attempts to kill his heir by pushing the young man over a cliff, but the victim is saved by getting caught in trees. Rescued by Bighorn sheep, the man takes the name of their leader, Big Metal. The other sheep grant him power, wisdom, sharp eyes, sure footedness, keen ears, great strength, and a strong heart. Big Metal returns to his people with the message that the Apsaalooka people will survive only so long as the river winding out of the mountains is known as the Bighorn River.
Graetz, Rick; Susie Graetz. "Introduction to the Crow"

Reference:
Bighorn Sheep — Ovis canadensis. Montana Field Guide.

Wikipedia ~ "Introduction to the Crow"

 



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