Posted by: cherylyoung | July 21, 2012

Some of the inhabitants of BC’s Rocky Mountains may not be as hospitable as others, but they will entertain you

Bighorn males, called rams, are famous for their

large, curled horns.

These impressive growths are a symbol of status

and a weapon used in epic battles across the Rocky

Mountains.

Fighting for dominance or mating rights, males

face each other, rear up on their hind legs, and

hurl themselves at each other in charges of some

20 miles (32 kilometers) an hour.

 

The resounding clash of horns can be heard echoing

through the mountains as the confrontation is

repeated—sometimes for many hours—until one

ram submits and walks away.

The animal’s thick, bony skull usually prevents

serious injury.

 

A Rocky Mountain bighorn ram’s horns can weigh

30 pounds (14 kilograms)—more than all the bones

in his body combined.

Females (ewes) also have horns, but they are of

smaller size.

 

Rocky Mountain bighorns inhabit the mountains

from Canada south to New Mexico.

They are relatives of goats, and have balance-

aiding split hooves and rough hoof bottoms for

natural grip.

 

These attributes, along with keen vision, help them

move easily about rocky, rugged mountain terrain.

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

www.cheryyoung.ca  cbythesea@shaw.ca

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