Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg). Recent genetic testing indicates that there are three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: Ovis canadensis sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of Native Americans. However, by 1900 the population had crashed to several thousand. Conservation efforts (in part by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population.

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Bighorn Sheep - Relationship With Humans - In Culture
... Bighorn sheep were among the most-admired animals of the Apsaalooka, or Crow, people, and what is today called the Bighorn Mountain Range was ... In the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area book, storyteller Old Coyote describes a legend related to the bighorn sheep ... Rescued by bighorn sheep, the man takes the name of their leader, Big Metal ...
List Of Animals Of The Rocky Mountains - Fauna - Mammals - Bighorn Sheep
... Populations of bighorn sheep are at only about 2% to 8% of their sizes at the time of European settlement ... grazing of livestock on rangelands, and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep ... years, 115 translocations were made to restore bighorn sheep into the Rocky Mountains and into many national parks ...
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge - Wildlife
... round include deer, bobcat, coyote, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, marmot, squirrel, and rabbit ... Bighorn sheep prefer the rocky cliffs of the refuge's west side ... Bighorn sheep were eliminated by disease and hunting in this area by 1915 ...
Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae
... is a respiratory pathogen of domestic sheep, domestic goats, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats that can both cause primary atypical pneumonia and also predispose to secondary pneumonia ... are important factors that contribute to the disease in sheep and other small ruminants ... Populations of M.ovipneumoniae of infected sheep are often found to have varying strains of the bacterium within one animal, but the different strains vary in virulence ...
Scouting In Arizona - Early History - Campaign To Save The Bighorn Sheep
... Boy Scouts in Arizona mounted a state-wide campaign to save the Bighorn Sheep ... The Scouts first became interested in the sheep through the efforts of Major Frederick Russell Burnham ... Burnham observed that fewer than 150 of these sheep still lived in the Arizona mountains ...

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