New Mexico Bighorn Sheep

New Mexico Bighorn Sheep can easily be found just minutes away from my front door. As often as I can, I head up into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in search of images. I don’t really have a plan, I just go and observe. It was on a warm, sunny, January day that I happened upon, “The Boss”.

In 2007 crews with the state Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service and Taos Pueblo used drop nets baited with salt blocks to capture 25 sheep in the Pecos Wilderness. The animals were examined, given shots, outfitted with radio collars and trucked to the release site along the Rio Grande Gorge just south of Taos.

Now seven years later one finds it rare to see a sheep with a collar. I wonder, was “The Boss” trucked in or did he get wind of “friends” in The Gorge, scamper down for a short visit but after checking out the scene, stayed?

(click on images to enlarge and scroll through gallery)

TheBoss_8783sHDRThe Boss.

TheBoss_8751sHDRA gathering of male Bighorn Sheep is aptly called a “bachelor group”.

TheBoss_8774Most of the time he browsed, undeterred by my presence.

TheBoss_8777sHDR…..but even when facing away, he had his eye on me.

TheBoss_8788sHDRHis muzzle displayed the scar of resent clashes.

TheBoss_8792sHDRTheir sure-footedness is amazing.


Note the swollen/damaged muzzle.

These images were taken on January 22, 2013 in the vicinity of Taos Junction Bridge. Thanks for stopping in. Please leave your comment.


About Britt Runyon

A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
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2 Responses to New Mexico Bighorn Sheep

  1. Jean says:

    This has made my day. I wish all posgints were this good.

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