Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Big horn sheep near the summit of Twin Sisters. Rocky Mountain National Park. September 2002.


Blogger Whitenoise said...

Do they keep their distance? That guy looks like he could knock the wind out of anyone's sails...

7:11 AM  
Blogger molson said...

No they don't keep their distance. They are too used to seeing people and are not afraid. A friend and I encountered a herd of big horn sheep driving down the Mount Evans Road. They were all ewes and were completely blocking the road. I didn't see a ram but I'm sure one was around. We stopped and waited to see if they would move, but they just stood in front of the car so we rolled down the windows to see if shooing them away would work. Well it did in an unintended way as all the ewes came right up to the car window. One stuck it's head in the car and licked my friend's arm so I asked him if that was his date for the evening. He said maybe. The good thing was they were now out of the way so we could drive on. I've had other close encounters with ewes on Mount Shavano. I never usually see the rams though and I was very surprised to see one on Twin Sisters especially so close up. The rams do concern me a little as understand that they can get pissy.

10:51 AM  

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