Wild populations of bighorn mountain sheep are carefully managed in North America for hunters who want a chance to shoot a ram with a trophy set of horns.
Few biologists doubt that some strains common in domestic sheep are lethal to bighorns , but what actually happens during a bighorn epidemic is still far from clear.
Under Texas law, a person found taking deer, antelope or bighorns without landowner permission (trespassing and poaching) faces a State Jail Felony criminal charge.
Today, systematic surveys show there are more than 800 bighorns in the refuge.
Native grasses support cattle grazing and provide forage and shelter for native wild animals, such as elk, bighorn sheep , and sage grouse.
The five national and sixty six provincial parks contain a healthy population of bighorn sheep , mountain goats, elk, bears, wolves, bison and woodland caribou.
Paul Rauber's article left the reader with the unfortunate impression that one must somehow choose between mountain lions and bighorn sheep .
Keep an eye out for wildlife: Elk and even bears can be spotted in the valleys, while mountain goats and bighorn sheep live higher up.
Of the 40,000 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in North America, Alberta has the largest population with up to 7,000 animals.
Male bighorn sheep with the largest horns, for instance, have the highest social rank and are more likely to mate.