Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
On my way out of the Kootenays I came across this herd of Rocky mountain bighorn sheep on the Salmo-Creston pass. It was cool to see these animals so close and to be able to examine thier tracks. My friend and I had been talking about the difference between the tracks of deer, sheep and mtn goats so this was a good chance to compare. Can you see the difference between these tracks and the tracks of a deer? Notice the 'blockiness' and elongated shape of the shhep compared to the round and 'heart-shaped' tracks of a deer. These animals were making thier way along the side of the road and feeding on shrubs as they went. There were a few mature rams and many younger animals mixed in with this herd of 18 animals.