A Highlight of Our Winter Wildlife

Posted on: December 19th, 2009 By: Kurt Johnson

bighorn sheep - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep spend summers at relatively high elevations and require some effort for us to find them during warmer months. Fortunately, this is not the case during Winter as we are able to observe bighorns consistently (usually very close.) These agile ungulates are spectacular to watch navigate steep cliffs and seem most comfortable in locations that would intimidate most other creatures.

Most of our other large mammals have been very cooperative on recent excursions including a small herd of pronghorn that looks like it will attempt to winter in our valley. Most of our pronghorn migrate to the south during winter, so it is a little unusual to be seeing them here with snow on the ground.

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