Have you ever been out on the trail and get the feeling you're being watched?
The Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep is a species of sheep native to the steep and rocky slopes of North America. Adults can weigh anywhere from 150-300 pounds. They possess outstanding eyesight and with the aid of their rough, split hooves can easily climb, jump, swim and move about the most formidable terrain. They shed their grey and brown fur during the summer allowing them to almost perfectly blend into the surrounding environment. The females called ewes, have smaller more slender horns compared to that of their male counterparts. The ewes will usually have one lamb in the spring, giving birth in hard to access cliff areas. The male lambs will often stay with the mother for 2-4 years before joining another group of bachelor males, that will compete for breeding right as they age. The female lambs will then usually stay with their mother and the group of females for the duration of their life time.
Pictured- Ewe and Lamb on cliff band.