This wild sheep from the Bovidae family, called the bighorn sheep or Ovis canadensis, has a long and rich history in North America. Bighorns have been hunted for thousands of years and were an important resource for many First Nations groups. Today bighorn sheep remain an admired and valuable animal. There are several subspecies of bighorn sheep, of which the Rocky Mountain and California bighorns are found in the northwestern parts of the continent, in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
Rocky Mountain bighorns are the most well-known and familiar subspecies of O. canadensis. These muscular animals have a dark to a grey-brown coat that becomes scruffy and less attractive during shedding season in early summer. The bighorn’s muzzle…
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