I went on a road trip to Anaconda, Montana with a friend to hang out with friends and participate in a few events. Firstly the drive from San Francisco to Anaconda, Montana takes at least 16 hours. But since I drove with a friend we did a through drive. We arrived in Anaconda at approximately 4:30a.m.

A lot of stuff happened in Anaconda and I’ll write another story about my road trip with a friend.

However I would like to introduce you to some of the wildlife I was able to photograph in Anaconda ; big horn sheep.

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep (Ovis Canadensis)

Big Horn Sheep crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia, and at times reached a population of millions. Big horn sheep are susceptible to disease from livestock, and many of them are often dispatched due to that issue. There are three sub-species of big horns, Rocky Mountain big horn, Sierra Nevada big horn and Desert big horn. The sub species in Montana seems to be Rocky Mountain big horn. The herds in that area have in the past, been culled due to disease.

The mating season for big horns is November. The herds segregate according to age and sex. Ewes, lambs and yearling males will band together, and some adult male’s (ram’s) band together by classes. Big horn sheep are herbivores, however you see in the photos they are licking the salt off the road to supplement their mineral intake.

In 2010 a driver ran into seven rams and one ewe killing them. The driver claimed he did not see the warning signs. Some of the big horns are collared either to trigger road side signs or to monitor their health. The collars are also used to determine where they die.

 

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