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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-02
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-01-23 15:28
Viewed: 1785
Points: 8
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Big Horn Sheep
Ovis canadensis

One of two species of Mountain Sheep in North America. Big Horn Sheep are remarkable climbers and can climb steep mountain slopes in the mountains.

In Canada The Big Horn Sheep is not a threatened species.In the United States population has declined since man appeared. There numbers were approximately 1.5 million and today there are less than 70,000 and are endangered.

Males are called Rams, and can weigh up to 300 lbs. Their horns can weight up to 30 lbs and can be 30 inches long by 15 inches in diameter. Rams may live up to 12 years.

On August 18, 1989, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was designated the official mammal of Alberta. The bighorn is a native Alberta mammal. Prehistoric remains have been found in most of the river valleys across Alberta, showing that at one time some of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep roamed the province. Today the bighorn is primarily found in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Hi Janice,
Excellent DOG and crispness. They are amazing climbers....

Hi, Janice. Nice capture of these bighorn sheep with their beautiful horns.. I just love the texture and shape of the horns. it is a treat to see them in the mountains especially when they are climbing vertically and jumping between rocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-24 4:33]

Hi Janice,it's very curious to watch the face expressions so similar,looks like a copy and paste..ehehe..great capture of profiles of this sheeps,i like the perspective and the usual top sharpness.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Janice

Excellent shot of these wild animals from Western Canada,
with excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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