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Bighorn Sheep: Ecology & Management

Jul 25, 2020


The bighorn sheep is the symbol of Rocky Mountain National Park and the state of Colorado. It represents the majestic rugged mountains of the park. Discover the ecology of bighorn sheep, how to distinguish a ram from a ewe, a yearling from a lamb, what they eat and how to age sheep by the rings on their horns. Learn to distinguish the scat of sheep from that of elk, deer and moose, and discuss how sheep can live in such mountainous terrain. Visit two mineral licks to explore their importance to the sheep’s survival, and discuss important park management issues related to bighorn sheep.

(CSM credit available)

Meets at the Field Institute

Instructor: Jeff Connor