Wild Sheep and Goats

Juvenile Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus);
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019

My wife and I just completed a road trip that took us through several national parks in the US and Canada. The trip focused on the northern Rocky Mountains. There was a lot to see and to photograph so it will provide many posts in the weeks ahead.

Today, I’m starting with two of my favorite animals; bighorn sheep and mountain goats.  Though we found signs warning of bighorn sheep in many places we only found them in Yellowstone along with a small flock in an impossible place to photograph at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. We saw the mountain goats in Glacier National Park, MT as well as Banff National Park. Interestingly, we found the mountain goats near “goat lick” areas; areas of clay soil with high concentrations of minerals necessary to their health.

It was a real treat for us to see them. I hope you enjoy them also.

Please click on caption to see image at higher resolution.

Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis);
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park; May 2019
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus);
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019
Female Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, WY; MAY 2019
Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus);
Goat Lick Overlook, Glacier National Park, MT; MAY 2019
Female Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis); Lamar Valley,
Yellowstone National Park, WY; MAY 2019

These and other images are available for purchase on my website: www.earthwatcher.us or by contacting larry.klink@earthwatcher.us.

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