Proud Bighorn


A proud bighorn sheep watches over his flock in the mountains outside of Ouray, Colorado. Winter doesn’t bother him at all.


The proud bighorn surveyed his domain with a careful eye. The rest of his flock was foraging a short way down the hill. Nothing amiss there. The hillside was empty, and there were no threats to be wary of. All in order there. Still, he kept a careful eye out, for one could never be too careful.

I caught up with this big horn sheep just outside of Ouray, Colorado. It was a chilly winter day, although the deep of the winter had not yet set in. He wasn’t yet aware of me, which is good, and I made sure to keep it just that way.

Big horn sheep used to range throughout the west, with a staggeringly large population. Unfortunately, they almost became extinct, largely because of the encroachment of man on their territory, along with being hunted and disease.

Estimates put the population to just a few thousand around the turn of the century. Luckily, through dedicated conversation efforts, they have rebounded nicely, and today once again occupy their place in the mountains.

The ram gave a last look around and went down the hill to rejoin his flock.

What’s better than one bighorn?

A whole flock! Bighorn Flock shows everyone all together.

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