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Bighorn Sheep: Ecology & Management

  • 1895 FALL RIVER RD, ESTES PARK, CO 80517-9106
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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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. There are few people, if any, who are not impressed by the sight of a large bighorn ram bearing its crown of massive horns. Spend a day with wildlife biologist Jeff Connor learning about the ecology, population dynamics, behavior, food habitats, and mortality causes of bighorn sheep. Learn how to identify a ram from a ewe, a yearling from a lamb, and how to age rams by rings on their horns. You will also learn how to identify the scat of sheep, elk, deer and moose. Participates will discuss the importance of escape terrain and where ewes have their lambs. Learn what sheep eat and visit two mineral licks, learning why they are so important to the survival of the sheep. Jeff will also discuss important park management issues related to bighorn sheep.