You are always being watched...

...while scrambling or climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada.

One of several Bighorn Sheep Ewes encountered
along the southern (scrambling) route to Mescalito.
April 6, 2008.

The average lifespan of a Bighorn Sheep Ewe is about 18 years in the wild.
Rams live only about 12.

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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Apr 8, 2008 8:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice catch!

Do you know why males live such shorter lives? Is it because of competition among them? Hunters? Any idea?

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 8, 2008 9:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice catch!

I really don't know. I read that in Nevada Magazine just a couple of days ago and was puzzled also ( Link to article )
From my personal observation, I don't think that the competition over the females has much of an impact on their lifespan. I have seen some of them fight last autumn and it didn't appear very violent. Nobody got hurt and when they had enough of "wrestling" they all went grazing. Hunting is definitely a possibility though.

Judd97

Judd97 - May 7, 2008 11:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Love it!

Absolutely love this picture!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - May 8, 2008 12:47 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Love it!

Thank you :) Whenever I'm out in Red Rocks and I get this feeling that somebody is looking at me, I look up and there's a bighorn. Cheers!

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