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Welcome to the Whiskey Basin Trail Camera Page!

Our goal with this trail camera page is to show what sheep and other wildlife are all about without a human presence. Photos will be updated when available, and we hope you check back often! We are excited to share this new educational tool with you.

Photos captured mid-March, 2021. A light-colored ewe passes on a wintry day. The Whiskey Mountain area received a little snow earlier in the week, which will push the sheep from higher grazing grounds to lower areas with less snow. Since the storm much of the snow has melted, likely leading the sheep back up to Torrey Rim and other amiable places for the sheep.

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The teeth of bighorns continue to grow throughout their lives! The surfaces wear down as they graze which lessons the likelihood of tooth decay.

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A 300-pound ram can drink 7.5 gallons of water at one time! The ram photographed in these recent photos doesn’t weigh 300 pounds, but imagine even drinking half that amount of water in one intake…

Photos captured February 24-25, 2021. Sheep out mid-day grazing in the sunny rays.

Photos captured February 14 2021 – Lambs and Ewes in passing

Take note of different colors, horn size, and characteristics.

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Thermal neutrality for bighorn sheep is 10 degrees F! This means they don’t have to exert any energy to stay warm or cool off when it is 10 degrees F.

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Around 47,000 bighorn sheep live in the roughest and toughest parts of 13 western states and 2 Canadian provinces. Named for their massive, curling horns (which can grow to 50 inches in length!) the iconic “Ovis Canadensis” are known for their agility and near perfect balance.

Photos captured February 12 2021 – Ram and Collared Ewe

A ram passes the evening browsing for food. A collared ewe passes by later, after the ram – sheep were likely hanging around throughout the evening here. The radio collar on the ewe uploads data and locations to software programs that help biologists view seasonal migration, areas of habitat use, population estimates, and on-the-ground data collection.

Photos captured January 30 2021 – Lone Ram

With the nature of trail cameras capturing what is in front of the lens we can use our imagination to fill in the blanks. Were other rams or ewes present? Did a mountain lion walk by on the other side of the camera days earlier? These camera are resources we get to use for a glimpse into the primitive life of wild animals.

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Rocky Mountain Bighorn rams (males) have horns than can weigh around 30-35 pounds! Ewes, female bighorn sheep, have much smaller horns with less curvature. Both male and female sheep will keep their horns for life – different than elk or deer who have antlers. Antlers are shed each year, while the horns on bighorns continue to grow in length each year, more noticeable with the rams. Bighorn sheep horns are made of keratin, the same material as our fingernails!

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Bighorn sheep have terrific eyesight that allows them to see any potential threats coming from a distance. They have a field of view of 320-340 degrees and can see distances like a human would holding 7-power binoculars!

Photos captured January 1 2021 – Happy New Year!

A ram wanders through the sage brush mid-day. Bighorns might be up at all hours of the day and can be observed sleeping, eating, or traveling during daylight hours.

Photos captured January 1 2021 – Ewes on the move.

About an hour after the young ram moved through these two ewes showed up on the trail camera.

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Bighorn sheep share habitat with many other wildlife species. During the current winter months bighorns will live alongside other prey species such mule deer and elk. As seasons change to summer-weather and snowmelt recedes to higher elevations these prey species spread out to higher mountain elevation. Throughout the year predators such as mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, and bobcats will travel in accordance with prey animals. Mountain lions are common predators of bighorn sheep, while less expected predators such as golden eagles will prey on bighorns lambs!

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