Bighorn Sheep: Ecology & Management

  • Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • July 21, 2017
  • Location: 1895 Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
  • Price: $80 per adult
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The bighorn sheep is the rightful symbol of Rocky Mountain National Park and the State of Colorado. It is one of the most highly esteemed mammals in North America, representing the majestic rugged mountains of the Park which is 95% wilderness. There are few people, if any, who cannot be impressed at the sight of a large bighorn ram bearing its crown of massive horns. Spend a day with naturalist Jeff Connor learning the ecology, population dynamics, behavior, food habitats, and mortality causes of bighorn sheep. Learn how to identify a ram from a ewe, from a yearling or a lamb; how to age rams by rings on their horns. At the end of the course, you will be able also to identify the scat of sheep, elk, deer and moose. We will discuss how the sheep can live in such steep mountainous terrain. We will learn what they eat and visit two mineral licks and learn why they are so important to the survival of the sheep. We will also discuss important Park management issues related to bighorn sheep.

Bighorn Sheep: Ecology & Management