photography portfolio of Bighorn Sheep
from the family Bovidae.
The Bighorn Sheep
(Ovis canadensis)is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb (140 kg). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the Bighorn Sheep
entered into the mythology of Native Americans. By 1900, the population had crashed to several thousand, due to diseases introduced through European livestock and overhunting. Conservation efforts (in part by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population.
It seems there is no specific collective noun for the bighorn
. Sheep are referred to as a drove
, a flock
and a herd
. Of course, I am going to suggest something more fun, a curl
, as the collective noun. This name is actually relevant (for a change) as it is the way trophy Bighorn Sheep
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