Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Named after their long horns, the bighorn sheep is a species of sheep native to North America. They have seven subspecies.

Scientific Name – Ovis canadensis

Classification – Ovis

Gender Names – Male – buck, ram; Female – ewe, dam; Baby – lamb, lambkin, cosset

Collective Noun – Drift, drove, flock,herd, mob, trip

Length/Size – 180–200 cm (69–79 in)

Weight – 58–143 kg (127–316 lb)

Life Expectancy – 6 to 15 years

Mating Season  November to December

Gestation Period – 177 days

Special Features  Large, curved horns on the head

Social Structure – Live in large groups but with no specific leader or alpha male

Geographical Distribution – Seven subspecies distributed throughout parts of the USA

Natural Habitat – Alpine meadows, mountain slopes, and foothills

World Population – 2 million or more

Diet – Brushy plants such as desert holly and desert cactus

Predators – Coyotes, golden eagles, mountain lions, bears, and Canada lynx