Three individuals feeding in field
A dark to medium rich brown head, neck, and dorsal body with a short black tail and a white
Male Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) on the canyon side at Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego State Park. Also known as the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, these animals are part of a highly endangered population found only in a small region of southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico..
A small group of two adult rams and one younger male appeared to be separated from a larger group upslope, due to a hiking trail with hikers taking photos. They stood on one side of the trail for a while, then took off in a sudden burst across the trail and continued up the mountain to join the rest of their group.
The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb (140 kg). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and...