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Found some bighorn nuggets...

 
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Jun 10, 2010 23:57 |  #1

This website has really got me going through years of images I never looked at. It's exciting to find images like the following that I never remember taking and that I didn't know I had. Each year I shoot the sheep rut in tons of places around the west. I love the interaction between big rams. One minute they are breaking the other guy's nose and the next they nuzzle and cuddle with one another. Kind of a wierd mating ritual but one I've enjoyed year after year.


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Jun 11, 2010 11:01 |  #2

Great shots, Shawn.


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Jun 11, 2010 12:51 as a reply to  @ sparker1's post |  #3

Excellent captures.


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Jun 11, 2010 13:26 |  #4

Sweet shots.

These are in the Rockies mostly?


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Jun 11, 2010 14:01 |  #5

avwh wrote in post #10344501 (external link)
Sweet shots.

These are in the Rockies mostly?

Thanks. Yes, they are rocky mountain bighorns. I think one is from Canada and the other the U.S.


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Jun 11, 2010 14:08 |  #6

NIce images..
Our populations are so depeleted due to big gated communities building up into the mountains.
They used to come right on down to the highway and stop traffic!


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Jun 11, 2010 14:28 |  #7

joayne wrote in post #10344729 (external link)
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Our populations are so depeleted due to big gated communities building up into the mountains.
They used to come right on down to the highway and stop traffic!

Years ago, I used to see them at the Ritz, up in the hillside above Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage.


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Jun 11, 2010 17:48 as a reply to  @ avwh's post |  #8

I'm not sure how depleated the populations are right now. Due to a lot of conservation work with the Wild Sheep Foundation and game departments, many sheep populations as a whole are at an all time high. The biggest issue we seem to be having with sheep right now is the major population die-offs with herds that co-mingle with domestic sheep and die from pneumonia and other dieases. Many states are battling to combat this issue and Montana and Washington as well as other states have lost large populations of bighorns due to this issue. I myself participated in a sheep cull to kill sheep that were infected and would spread it to other sheep and herds if it wasn't under control. We are monitoring those sheep to see how effective our tactics were at controlling the disease. As a sheep nut, we have to deal with these constant die-offs. I can't wait until we either learn we have to separate domestics and wild sheep or we come up with a cure.


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Jun 13, 2010 14:18 |  #9

avwh wrote in post #10344838 (external link)
Years ago, I used to see them at the Ritz, up in the hillside above Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage.

You would not recognize that now :mad:
It has expanded across all of the hill tops around what was once the Ritz
Now know as the Mirada


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Jun 13, 2010 18:39 |  #10

joayne wrote in post #10354366 (external link)
You would not recognize that now :mad:
It has expanded across all of the hill tops around what was once the Ritz
Now know as the Mirada

I can believe that. I'm often left feeling like an old curmudgeon as things change drastically from the way I remembered them. ;)


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