2020—Rocky Mountain Bighorn

Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Dubois, Wyoming provides crucial winter range for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. According to the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish, Whiskey Basin is home to the largest herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, numbering about 1200. Tuesday morning we drove to the area on US 287 where the day before, we’d seen an electronic sign alerting drivers to the presence of Bighorn Sheep and to use caution in the area. About 13 miles out of Dubois, we saw some ewes in the snowy, sage covered hillside on the side of the road. As we watched, we found about 13 ewes. Just before 8AM, a lone ram appeared, leaping effortlessly to reach the top of the red rock crag. It was a great start to the trip.