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Bighorn Sheep at Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Nikon D80
Sigma 150-500 mm lens

Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)3 is a species of sheep in North America4 with large horns. The horns can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg).5 Recent genetic testing indicates that there are three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: Ovis canadensis sierrae.

The bighorn sheep originally crossed over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of Native Americans. However, by 1900 the population had crashed to several thousand. Conservation efforts (in part, by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population.


  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    Wow, great shot Sean. How was Waterton for you? Wished we could have been there too. :>))

  • That was quick Leslie. Waterton was a lot of fun and got some great shoots in and a real good get together as well. Sorry you missed it. Talking about maybe doing an anual thing now that would be awesome. Appreciate you wonderful comment : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Wow Sean! Did you see this in the wild? Awesome capture!

  • Yes Robin this was right at the lake in Waterton. It is so beautiful there with so much to see : ) Thanks so kindly !

    – Sean Jansen

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    great shot brah’………….these guyz run wild around here in some of the nearby mountains……
    so kool to see………….

  • Thanks Brah……they are wonderful indeed to see. Happy you enjoyed…….just gorgeous animals !

    – Sean Jansen

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot. How about entering him in Even-Toed Ungulates group? here

  • Thank you so very kindly Kay and yes just entered this capture into groups now. Appreciated very much and glad I could share this with you and the group : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Sean ! Too bad I was not able to make the get together . Hopefully next time ! :) Judy

  • Thanks so kindly Judy……yes it was a great time and hopefully we will do something like this again soon. Couldnt have asked for a better weekend weather wise either. Many thanks again Judy : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    Nice Spot on This Guy Sean, I am glad you were able to make it out to Waterton this weekend. It was a great time. You had the perfect lens for the Boat ride too.

  • Hey Jason……yes had a wonderful time. Did you see the foxes yesterday after I left ? Looking forward to getting down again towards fall hopefully. Will let ya know when I head out that way again and maybe do a shoot or two. Many thanks again : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 4 years ago

    What a handsome fellow, Sean! Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so very kindly Barb for your fantastic comment. They are so very beautiful to see in the wild. Happy I could share this with you !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • Many kind thanks. Happy you enjoyed and glad I could share this with the group !

    – Sean Jansen

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    Bighorn sheep have been seen at Garden of the Gods here. I would love to see some. Excellent picture. x

  • Thanks so very much Lori…….they are very beautiful to see. Happy you enjoyed this capture. Many thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot my friend.

  • Thank you so kindly Steven for your terrifiec comment. Glad I could share this with you and always appreciate your fantastic support !!

    – Sean Jansen

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