Desert bighorn goats on a cliff in Zion National Park, Utah
Utah has both bighorn sheep and mountain goats, but only the sheep live in the southern half of the state. Two races of bighorn sheep can be found here, the California Bighorn Sheep and the Desert Bighorn Sheep.
The California bighorn sheep, like its cousin the goat, prefers rocky, mountainous areas where it eats grasses, sagebrush, sedges and forbs. Look for one or two lambs beside their mom in spring when small herds may be seen foraging for spring greens. The California bighorn may have been native to Utah in ancient times, but if so, it wasn’t here by the time Europeans arrived. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation on Antelope Island coordinated to establish a breeding herd here.
The desert bighorn sheep (also called “Nelson’s bighorn sheep”) is more common. Desert bighorns have adapted to hot, dry climates, unlike their Rocky Mou….MORE
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