Observation and photo by Lila Higgins.
Observed six at 13:38. No photos.
Observed ewe with two young. No photos.
Observed six ewes at 10:23, no photos.
Custer State Park
Black Hills of South Dakota
First Hike of the New Year
found right across from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center
Photo 1: Eight kids and three adults (two of which are clearly tagged).
Photo 2: Two fairly mature bighorn sheep.
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...