The Bighorn Sheep

Scientific Name: Ovis Canaderis

Background Information

The bighorn sheep (Ram) is a species of sheep in North America named for its huge horns. Their horns can weigh up to 30 pounds, and the sheep can weigh up to 300 pounds. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark brown. The bighorn sheep live from 9-12 years, while ewes (females) live from 10-14 years. The bighorn sheep is a endangered species. At the beginning of the 19th century, there were between 1.5 million to 2 million in North America. Today, there are less than 70,000


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