Contributors to this thread:
Can you guess which species?
Here’s a challenge for the Sheep aficionados on this site - let’s see who can correctly identify the Ram in this picture:
State or Province?
I have almost no experience with sheep, other than dreaming about hunting them someday, but my guess is a rocky mountain bighorn in Alberta.
Snow sheep Kamchatka. Just because I like saying that!
if its in North America, there are only 4 distinct types of wild sheep... Rocky Mountain Big Horn, Dall, Stone, and Desert Big Horn ... with the darkness of the color, its either the RMBH or Desert Big Horn .... I'm leaning towards the RMBH/Utah (??) ....
I am guessing Rocky mostly because it looks like they are in a more of a alpine setting than where you are likely to find a desert
There are some very dark colored Stones so I’m going with that it’s hard to see but it looks like a white strip on one laying down.
Southern draw could be right. The horns do look a little more thin like a stone. But those would be dark stone sheep.
I was going stone or DB, even though it’s alpine. Beautiful sheep regardless. My favorite critters out there.
Great guesses - keep ‘em coming. Another pic of the same Sheep.
It's whatever the sheep is that you went to hunt and did not kill
But from the last angle of that last picture I am going to guess It's a Caspien Blue Ridge Big Horn.
I’m going Snow Sheep in Kamchatka. The other ram pictured is all brown, so not a totally brown stone. Horns look more like a thinhorn, so not a Rocky and Desert.
That last pic changed the game.
Whatever species, he's sure an old ram. And a dandy one! Horns are similar to North American thinhorns, but with that brown coat and bulging eye sockets, I'd guess Snow Sheep.
I can tell you what it is not, and that is desert bighorn.
Koryak Snow Sheep. Hard to tell the difference in the 4 subspecies for me, but I think the stripe by the tail is the key. I’d love to get over there and hunt them all. They are found north of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Very cool, whichever one it might be...
Chupacabra in a Sheeps costume.
Since a number of folks have already guessed right I’ll come clean:
He is an Ovis nivicola nivicola - Kamchatka Snow Sheep
Milkovo Region, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East
One of the ways to differentiate this from other Snow Sheep is the Kamchatka variant is the darkest and does not have the distinctive “white patch” on the forehead that Snow Sheep are famous for.
Thanks for playing & I’ll share more about the trip later
I've dreamed of going to Kamchatka for years...someday I will make that come to fruition, and not just for sheep. Nice thread and pics - thanks.