November 3, 2005
- Utah County, Utah - 1., 2. ©L. A. Davis - 3.
- Five to 6 feet from
head to tail, shoulder height 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet.
- Ram's horns
are massive (up to four feet) and spiraling, while the ewe's are much
smaller and only slightly curved.
- Rams with
the biggest horns are dominant.
- Both are
brown or grayish-brown with a white rump.
- Their hair is
hollow which insulates them from temperature extremes.
- Halves of each
hoof separate allowing the feet to cling to rocky terrain and the soles
are soft which allows the Bighorn to keep it's balance on slippery
They inhabit rugged mountain slopes and cliffs and can
jump across a twent foot span. In summer old rams roam together
but in fall they join bands of ewes and young. They normally eat
grass but in winter they rely on willows and other woody plants for
food. In summer they can go three days without water using only the
moisture from grasses to keep them hydrated.
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