Bighorn Sheep Spotted Off Trinity In Los Alamos!

This bighorn sheep was spotted at 6:45 p.m. today off Trinity Drive across from the Vest Orthodontics Office. The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lbs., while the sheep themselves weigh several hundred pounds. Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America 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. By 1900, the population had crashed to several thousand, due to diseases introduced through European livestock and overhunting. Conservation efforts (in part by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population. They are considered good indicators of land health because the species is sensitive to many human-induced environmental problems. Source: wikipedia. Photo by April Wade

Photo by April Wade