Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bighorn Sheep of Yellowstone National Park

On this trip to Yellowstone, the Bighorn Sheep were the first animals we saw in the park. 


Because their population isn't as plentiful as the buffalo that I featured last week, it's such a thrill to see a few. 


The bighorn sheep population in 2012 was 379 so we consider ourselves lucky when we see them.  

The average life span of the male is 9-12 years and for the female 10-14 years. 



The adult male (ram) weigh 174-319 pounds, including horns that can weight 40 pounds. 


The female (ewe) can weigh up to 130 pounds. The rings on their horns are counted to determine their age. 



Thanks for stopping in for a glimpse at the Bighorn Sheep - Judy. 

Linking to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch


Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

Reconnect With Nature Wednesday at Living A Good North Coast Life

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos, Judy! Yellowstone is one of the few places that we haven't visited...yet. Looks like you've had a great time!

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  2. I've never been to Yellowstone but my mother always told me she absolutely loved it.

    Your pics are awesome!

    Sorry I have been so MIA!

    Big hugs!!

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  3. Love the pictures! A couple of my friends just got from Yellowstone too. They loved it! Thanks for sharing Judy.
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  4. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. When I saw this thumbnail on my sideboard, I knew that I just had to come and see. I have never been to Yellowstone (never even close) and I have long wanted to. I have also never seen a big horn sheep. They are awesome, almost mythical looking!

    I loved this. Makes me want to go all the more.

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