BIG HORN SHEEP

Leigh Karchner

New Port Richey, United States

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One of the most rewarding experiences of being a wildlife photographer is the opportunity to view, admire and photograph animals that only make an appearance occasionally during the season. One such creature are the big horn sheep. As the winter season and snow moves in here in Wyoming, the big horns come down to the lower elevations to find grazing lands. They move in small herds with usually a few younger males, one dominant male and numerous females.

I photographed a small herd December 16th, 2007 after a fairly heavy snowfall in the farthest end of the Shoshone National Forest in what is known as the Southfork area of Cody, Wyoming.

We observed this herd for quite awhile, witnessed the males posing for the females, several times we witnessed as two males would demonstrate their manliness by suddenly clashing their horns together in an act of aggression. Of course, the more dominant male was left alone to wander the herd of females. The younger males all seemed to give him a wide berth and his choice of females. None of the sheep seemed to mind our observation, nor my camera’s obtrusion.

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