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Living with Wildlife In The Neighborhood: Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep: Mike in Tucson, AZ Mortgage Lender

~ Desert Bighorn Rams near Lake Mead, NV: "Me boss.  You not."  ~

Desert Bighorn sheep: Mike in Tucson, AZ Mortgage Lender

~ "Okay.  Now that we've got that settled..." ~

NEVER be without your camera!  You never know what you'll see.  A week ago, I was in Boulder City, NV getting a haircut.  The barber was talking with another customer about the Bighorn sheep that had come down from the ridges of the mountains that overlook Lake Mead to feed on the lush grass near his subdivision.  

Hemenway Park: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderMy ears perked up.  I'd seen three overpasses on Hwy 93's Arizona side that were constructed solely to let Desert Bighorn sheep cross safely above the highway. 

Stopping near each overpass, I tried to catch a glimpse of these magnificent animals.  Not a trace. 

I asked the barber where he lived, and whether he thought I could get a photo or two if I drove out there.  He identified a subdivision opposite Hemenway Valley Park, overlooking Lake Mead, and said I could be there in fifteen minutes. He didn't have to tell me twice!

The Hemenway Valley Park band of Desert Bighorns

Pulling off the Great Basin Highway, I parked near the ballfields you see in the map opposite.  Below me, grazing calmly, was a band of perhaps twenty animals.

Desert Bighorn sheep aren't usually found in such close proximity to humans.  This group didn't seem disturbed at all by my presence, though. They were more interested in grazing, and the dominant ram made sure that the rest of the males knew who was boss!

The Hemenway band of Desert Bighorn Sheep: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

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Comment balloon 16 commentsMike Jones • August 29 2011 01:07AM
Living with Wildlife In The Neighborhood: Desert Bighorn Sheep
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~ Desert Bighorn Rams near Lake Mead, NV: "Me boss. You not. " ~ ~ "Okay. Now that we've got that settled… " ~ NEVER be without your camera! You never know what you'll see. A week ago, I was in… more