Desert bighorn sheep. and goats

Desert bighorn goats on a cliff in Zion National Park, Utah

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1. Low angle view of mountain goats on rock formation at Zion National Park Park, Utah, US
NB the image provided by Microsoft for this article is actually of goats rather than sheep???? And there seems to be no information concerning these goats in Zion National Park – apart from dozens of images.
2 Long Horn Sheep Zion National Park is an American national park located in Southwestern Utah near the city of Springdale. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which stretch…


3 Desert bighorn sheep in the Hellhole Canyon in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Cropped from original.
4 Bighorn sheep (rams) in Silver Canyon near the town of Bishop. Image taken by this contributor on 24 October 2007      

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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My Utah Parks. 2018. Bighorn Sheep in Utah – My Utah Parks. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 20 September 2018].