Big Horn Sheep Spotted Near Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Big horn sheep spotted Sunday near the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos. Bighorn sheep typically weigh 160-250 pounds, but males may weigh more than 350 pounds. Their wide-set eyes are situated well to provide a wide arc of exceptional vision. The bighorn sheep’s keen eyesight, hearing and sense of smell help detect and avoid predators. Source: National Wildlife Federation. Photo by Dave Lannen

A camera shy big horn sheep stays behind a bush Sunday near Rio Grande Gorge. Although not as agile as mountain goats, bighorn sheep are well-equipped for climbing the steep terrain that keeps their predators at bay. The outer hooves are modified toenails shaped to snag any slight protrusion, while a soft inner pad provides a grip that conforms to each variable surface. Source: National Wildlife Federation. Photo by Dave Lannen

Snow topped Sangre de Cristos tower above the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos. Photo by Dave Lannen

A nice sunny Sunday spent exploring the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge area in Taos. Photo by Dave Lannen

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