Portable Salt Lick

James Anderson

Joined April 2010

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Stopped to look for wild horses in the Ghost Forest and got surrounded by a herd of Bighorn Sheep. Always glad to help out and use my truck as a portable salt lick, the Sheep can get some desperately needed nutrients during the winter months :) Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) is one of three species of mountain sheep in North America and Siberia; the other two species being Ovis dalli, which includes Dall Sheep and Stone’s Sheep, and the Siberian snow sheep Ovis nivicola. Wild sheep crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia during the Pleistocene (~750,000 years ago) and subsequently spread through western North America as far south as Baja California and northwestern mainland Mexico.6 Divergence from their closest Asian ancestor (snow sheep) occurred about 600,000 years ago. In North America, wild sheep have diverged into two extant species—Dall sheep, which occupy Alaska and northwestern Canada, and bighorn sheep, which range from southern Canada to Mexico. However, the status of these species is questionable given that hybridization has occurred between them in their recent evolutionary history. Male Ram horns can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), while the sheep themselves can weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg). Ghost Forest, Alberta, Canada

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