Bighorn sheep are native to North America and live primarily in Canada, the US, and Mexico; however, they can be found on all continents except Antarctica. This sheep is named after its curved horns. The horns can weigh up to an incredible 30 pounds and are used as a weapon against other animals or attackers. The size of the horns also indicates the age of the animal. Bighorns are fast and aggressive. When running to attack, they can reach a speed of 40 miles an hour. Bighorns have a white muzzle, short brown fur, and rump patch.
Below are some more interesting facts about these amazing creatures.
Fun Facts About Bighorn Sheep
- The scientific name of the bighorn sheep is Ovis canadensis.
- The gestation period of the bighorn sheep is 177 days
- Bighorn sheep can exceed 500 lbs in weight.
- Predators: wolves, bears, cougars, bobcats, lynxes, and coyotes. Golden eagles also prey on their lambs sometimes.
- Prey: They are herbivores. They eat leaves, grasses, herbs, twigs, and shrubs. They also enjoy consuming minerals and salt licks.
- Female bighorns (ewes) are smaller than males (rams)
- The number of growth rings in the horns of the bighorn rams can tell the age of a male bighorn