Bighorn Sheep, NPS photoBighorn Sheep, Bob Chinn photoBighorn Sheep, NPS photo

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), named for their large horns that can weigh up to 30 pounds on males, inhabit alpine meadows and grassy mountain slopes in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Their ability to climb steep terrain allows them to find cover from predators. Traveling in flocks and feeding on grasses and shrubs throughout the year, they are one of the few species that can survive winters at high elevations.

Research into bighorn sheep has focused on their response to a fragmented habitat and susceptibility to disease. Studies into the basic ecology, demographics, and seasonal movements of bighorn, along with research into the quality of their habitat in the Crown of the Continent, will provide a better picture of their future prospects.