From the top of a cliff some 40 feet above me, this Bighorn Sheep ram looked quite majestic. The rugged animal is accented by the red rocks he is standing on and the brilliant blue sky behind him.
This particular ram is one of the younger ones in the herd that maintains its residence in Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver, Colorado.
The Bighorn Sheep 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 it rebound since then.