Desert Bighorn Sheep
(Ovis canadensis nelsoni)
Bighorns inhabit precipitous areas of all elevations. Winter range is occupied from 12-1 to 4-15. Breeding occurs from November-January. Desert bighorn parturition occurs from 4-1 to 5-31 and rocky mountain bighorns give birth from 5-1 to 6-15. Weaning in these game animals occurs after 6 months. Bighorns are sensitive to disturbance. Water is critical for herd survival.
Desert bighorn sheep historically occupied many areas in Southern Utah. Unfortunately they no longer occur in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. For more info on bighorn sheep in Utah, please visit this site.