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Dall Sheep

Ovis dalli
Dall Sheep

Range

They are found in Alaska, and northwest Canada.

Habitat

They live in the high mountains where it can be very cold and windy and few predators can reach them.

Body Traits

They can weigh up to 200 pounds and reach 6 feet long with big curling horns. They are covered with thick, white fur. They have yellow eyes, massive curling horns, black nose and hooves.

Habits

In the winter they travel (migrate) to lower places where they can find food. When they come out of the mountains onto the flatter areas, they come together into large herds. This is thought to be safer when they down near predators.

Diet

They eat grass, leaves, twigs, lichens and moss.

Predators

They are hunted by wolves, wolverines, bears, golden eagles (young) and humans.

Reproduction

The males and females only come together in the fall to mate. Males compete for females by ramming their big horns together. Females are pregnant for 6 months and have one baby.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live up to 15 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - Least Concern.

Dall Sheep

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Genus: Ovis
Species: Ovis dalli

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