rocky mountain bighorn sheep
The rocky mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), is blue listed (at risk) in British Columbia. In winter, these animals spend as much as 86% of their time within 100 metres of "escape terrain" which enables them to evade predators.
Distributed discontinuously in the Rocky Mountains from the Narraway and Kakwa drainages south to Golden, then continuously south through the Rockies to the U.S. border; and from the Chilcotin Plateau (north of Anahim Lake) south to the U.S. border. Wildlife managers have translocated Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep to several locations in B.C.; in the Columbia Basin, the Lower Arrow and Salmo herds are both introduced populations.
Most numerous in the Rocky Mountains from Golden south to the U.S. border. Discontinuous in the northern portion of the Columbia Basin Rockies.
Bighorn sheep occur in mesic to xeric, alpine to desert grasslands or shrub-steppe in mountains, foothills, or river canyons.
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