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Grand Canyon Rams
Wild Sheep
Contributors to this thread:
Bowriter 11-Oct-18
Glunt@work 11-Oct-18
Heat 11-Oct-18
StickFlicker 11-Oct-18
Heat 11-Oct-18
StickFlicker 11-Oct-18
Zbone 12-Oct-18
AZ~Rich 12-Oct-18
From: Bowriter
11-Oct-18
Had a friend just come back from a week-long float through the GC. Had a ton of pictures of big, full-curl rams. I assume these are desert bighorns. Is that right? I know zip about wild sheep except Mouflon.

From: Glunt@work
11-Oct-18
Yep. I believe the only herd that hasn't been reintroduced

From: Heat
11-Oct-18
Those are nelsoni sheep. There are plenty of other native herds around that are not transplants or reintroduced, especially down south in my neck of the woods that are a source for transplants.

From: StickFlicker
11-Oct-18
To elaborate on Heat's post, yes they are desert bighorns of the Nelsoni subspecies. The Nelsoni often have thinner horns than the Mexicali subspecies and they tend to flair wider, which causes the rams not to broom the tips as much as the Mexicali allowing them to have a better chance to reach full curl. All that being said, however, the Mexicali with their typically heavier horns will normally score higher even though broomed more heavily.

From: Heat
11-Oct-18
Mexicana is a sub species of sheep. Mexicali is a town along the border in Baja California.

From: StickFlicker
11-Oct-18
Oops, I was close... Thanks Nick.

From: Zbone
12-Oct-18
Wow didn't know there was different subspecies of desert bighorns...

From: AZ~Rich
12-Oct-18
I believe there are actually two other subspecies of Desert identified. Ovis canadensis weemsi and Ovis canadensis cremnobates. They both occur in Mexico.

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