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Curious little Bighorn

So darned cute! This young one was as interested in me as I was in it last month in Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver. This image gives you a good look at the kind of terrain these awesome animals call home. It is amazing how adept they are at navigating the rocks and cliffs, even at a young age.

The Bighorn Sheep is the Centennial State’s official animal and to me that is quite fitting. Just like the terrain and many of its people, these animals are very rugged, strong and tough. The animal is found in many places in the state’s high country.

Diseases from European livestock and overhunting had caused the animal’s population to drop precipitously by the early 1900s. Thankfully conservation efforts have been successful in helping the sheep rebound since then.

A Bighorn Sheep lamb keeps watch from the side of a cliff southwest of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bighorn Sheep lamb keeps watch from the side of a cliff southwest of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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