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The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) is a subspecies of bighorn sheep found in the rugged wilderness ranging from British Columbia to Arizona. They are also the largest wild sheep in North America. Muscular males can weigh over 300 pounds and stand over three feet tall at the shoulder. Females are roughly half this size. Bighorn sheep are gray/brown to dark brown in color with white patches on their rump, muzzle and back of legs. Winter coats are thick, double-layered and may be lighter in color. Bighorn sheep shed these heavy coats in the summer. It is also the state mammal of Colorado.




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