Friday, February 22, 2008

 

Bighorn

The Custer State Park literature says there are bighorn sheep in the park, so I went looking for them today. I figured they would be in the high country up by Sylvan Lake. That turned out not to be a productive idea.

As I was headed back south to see some more bison and pronghorns, which have been a sure thing around the Wildlife Loop the last couple days, I was muttering, "If there are bighorns in the Black Hills I'm never going to find them." A few minutes later I rounded a corner and had to brake for a flock of 11 sheep, including one ram with the big horns.

I think they were licking salt off the road. They hung around for quite a while, eventually crossing the road. The ram was trailing, so I had time to set up and get a good image of his jump over the rail. Click on the images for larger versions. Click here for more photos.


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