Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

• Bighorn sheep can weigh as much as 280 pounds and stand about 3 feet tall.
• They live in dry, desert mountain ranges, near rocky cliffs.
• Bighorn sheep eat grasses, twigs, and leaves.
• Male sheep are called rams and can be recognized by their huge, brown horns. The horns curl back over the ears, down, and up past the cheeks.
• They live in herds, or groups. The male sheep with the biggest horns is usually in charge. Male horns can weigh as much as 30 pounds.
• Males will use their massive horns to fight. The fights can last as long as 24 hours.
• Females are called ewes. They are smaller than rams and have shorter, smaller horns.

Where do they live?
Nevada and California to west Texas and south into Mexico

Why are they endangered?

• Loss of habitat
• Poaching
• Drought and disease

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