Habitat of the bighorn sheep
Habitat of the bighorn sheep
 
 
A bighorn lamb
A bighorn lamb
 
 
A bighorn ewe
A bighorn ewe
 
 
A bighorn ram
A bighorn ram
 
 
The special hooves of a bighorn sheep
The special hooves of a bighorn sheep
 
 
A bighorn sheep walking down a mountain
A bighorn sheep walking down a mountain
 
 
A bighorn sheep running
A bighorn sheep running
 
Bighorn Sheep
Topic(s):   Alpine Animals, Endangered Animals, Lewis & Clark Animals, Mammals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat alpine areas; mountains, hills
Diet grasses, shrubs
Male ram
Female ewe
Baby lamb
Group band, flock, herd
Predators cougars, bobcats, wolves, grizzly and brown bears, golden eagles (lambs)
Endangered yes (in California) due to loss of habitat, disease

The bighorn sheep lives in the Rockies of western North America. A male bighorn has spiral horns that grow throughout its life. The horns may weigh up to 45 pounds (20 kilograms). The female’s horns are thinner and sweep backwards. The bighorn sheep has a brown wool coat. It sheds its coat once a year. This sheep has very sharp eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell.

Bighorn sheep live in remote, sparse areas. Its special hooves provide a great grip on steep mountainsides.

The bighorn sheep grazes on twigs, grasses, and leaves. When food is hard to find in the winter, it migrates to sheltered valleys.

Bighorn sheep live in groups of up to one hundred. Rams and ewes live apart. Male bighorn sheep have head-butting contests to show strength. A bighorn sheep can run 35 miles (over 50 kilometers) an hour. It can jump seven feet in the air. No wonder it is called the king of the mountain.

Resource information

Canadian Geographic. CG Kids Animal Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids/animal-facts/pdf/bighorn_sheep.pdf

Jackson, Tom. (2008). Bighorn Sheep. Danbury, CT: Grolier.

National Geographic Society (U.S.) (1998). National Geographic book of mammals. Washington, D.C: The Society.

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