Bighorn Sheep Snacking on the Road

Bighorn sheep licking something off the road

This Bighorn Sheep was licking something off the center line of a road in Custer State Park in southwest South Dakota.

 

He finally noticed us when a motorcycle rumbled up behind us

He was so engrossed in his road snack that he didn’t even know we were sitting there in our car until a motorcycle came rumbling up behind us.

 

Rocky Mountain subspecies of bighorn sheep

South Dakota’s original bighorn sheep was the Audubon subspecies.  Unfortunately, those were hunted to extinction in the early 1920s, so a herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was introduced to Custer State Park and thrive there today.

 

Bighorn sheep are tough

Bighorn sheep have a tough, stout build.  Their coats are made of hair, not wool.  Both rams (males) and ewes (females) have horns.  The males (such as the one shown here) have horns that are thick and curled.

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