Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep

During my recent trip to the White Mountains, I was happy to finally spot the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep. I knew that the previous day, some visitors encountered a flock midway up the Silver Canyon Road*. Since this was the route I had planned to take, I was hopeful to find some as well. Indeed, at the bottom of the steep section of the road was a flock of about 16 sheep.

While I didn’t notice any rams (males) with their big and curvy horns, I saw ewes (females) with several juveniles.

Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep with radio tag
Bighorn Sheep
Female Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Flock of Bighorn Sheep with ewes and juveniles
Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are very well camouflaged

* If you think about taking Silver Canyon Road, please observe the signs. A few years ago, this was just like any other dirt road. But the state of the road has changed and now it really requires 4WD and high clearance.

Silver Canyon road
Silver Canyon road requires 4WD with low gear and high clearance

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