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California Bighorn Ram Officially in the British Columbia Record Book!

Old 02-02-2006, 09:51 PM
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Here is a general description of California Bighorn Sheep directly from the British Columbia Wild Sheep Society.

California Bighorns
California Bighorns are a close relative to the larger and blockier Rocky Mountain Bighorn. Although smaller and most often found in lower grassland areas in Central B.C., the Californias are most often found in areas with large expanses of open southern and western facing slopes. In many cases they are found along rugged river valleys.
The B.C. Californias claim to fame is that because of him, there are now a large number of this species populating the various western states of the USA. Many transplants have gone south to rebuild populations decimated by domestic sheep diseases and overgrazing. If it wouldn't have been for these transplants it is doubtful that many Californias would be alive south of the border.
Population estimates were said to be about 4500 in 1997 although the numbers are certainly less now due to localized die-offs. 1998 estimates are approx. 3600 animals. In the USA the population is estimated at 2000. They have a light to dark brown coat , a large white rump patch, a white muzzle and white down each leg. In B.C. the California rams horns tend to drop down and flare out more than the Rocky Mountain Bighorns. This results in fewer true full curl rams but still makes for a stunning trophy.

I drew a limited Entry California Bighorn Ram tag this past season in Southern British Columbia. Hope that clears things up for you
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Old 02-03-2006, 03:55 AM
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Now I get it, BC means Baja California and not British Colombia. Thanks for the info.
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