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Bighorn sheep

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Not long after we set out eastbound along the Trans-Canada Highway from Golden, British Columbia, on the morning of September 7th, we spotted a group of animals by the side of the road. Naturally I pulled over and got out to take some pictures. I later learned that these are bighorn mountain sheep, Ovis canadensis. The adult males have thick, spiraling horns, so I assume these are females. More than once on the trip we saw bighorn mountain sheep browsing what seemed to be an area devoid of any vegetation, as shown here. It seems likely that the animals get salt or minerals by licking the ground.

And how about that collection of legs? I think I count 10 hooves when there ought to be 12.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 4, 2017 at 4:57 AM

Bison wander freely

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Bison wander freely in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, especially through land along the Wildlife Loop Road. On June 2nd I stared at this animal that zoologists have redundantly named Bison bison. Handsome handsome though it was, I can’t say that it was a bison without peer, because it did peer periodically back at me. (In case you’re wondering, the other extant species in the genus is Bison bonasus.)

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2017 at 5:05 AM

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