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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

HOME RANGE: These sheep can be found on mountain ridges and in basins, usually above timber line, but often in timbered areas as well. Their range is in Alberta, Canada in the western part of the province along the Rocky Mountains near the border with British Columbia. In British Columbia, Canada they are generally found in the Rocky Mountains near the border with Alberta. However, there have been some animals transplanted in British Columbia west of the Rockies. In the U.S., they are found in several state

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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis canadensis

ANIMAL SUMMARY: A mature Rocky Mountain bighorn ram will generally weigh 200 pounds, and in most cases more. Occasionally they can weigh as much as 300 pounds. Females are considerably smaller. The Rocky Mountain bighorn is the largest sheep in North America. It is a heavy-bodied animal with massive horns and a full, coarse, grayish-brown coat. The muzzle is white, as are the backs of the front legs and insides of hind legs. The belly is white in the groin area, with the white color sometimes extending forward onto the chest. The rump patch is large and white, surrounding the dark tail. The horns are very thick at the base and tend to carry the thickness throughout their length. Typically, the horns curl close to the head and are broomed off at the eyes where further growth would interfere with vision. Females have short, thin horns.

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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Species Map

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Range in North America: The map above is used by permission from the on-line Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.