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Bighorn sheep in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta

Bighorn sheep in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta

We drove into the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve in Alberta Canada without having any idea what to expect. On a map it looked like the greenest and most remote way into Canmore, our next stop. The gravel road that runs through the reserve is a lonely one, used only by the occasional car or cow. But other animals, a bit harder to spot, also live in this beautiful land. Wolves, grizzlies and mountain lions were the ones we dreamed of spying along the way, but large hoofed mammals were also high on our list.

So we were very excited to find a pair of bighorn sheep nibbling along the roadside early one morning. This female and her young male offspring were browsing in the bushes and seemed unconcerned by our presence. We stayed on the road while they carried on with their day, meandering along the steep rocky slopes. Soon they crossed a particularly vertical section and disappeared over the mountain, but not before I snapped this photo, showcasing their incredible climbing abilities. It was an excellent diversion on our drive up to the Mount Engadine Lodge in Kananaskis Country.

Photographing bighorns from the road

Hal photographing bighorn sheep

A Bighorn Sheep ewe eyes us curiously from her safe rocky perch.

A Bighorn Sheep ewe eyes us curiously from her safe rocky perch.