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Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Course Number: BIOL X412.10

2 units

Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) are one of the largest and most visually appealing animals living in the desert Southwest. Unfortunately, their numbers have steadily declined as a result of human and livestock intrusion into bighorn habitat, introduction of exotic diseases, isolation and inbreeding of populations and habitat loss due to human developments. Examine the physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow them to survive in an environment of thermal extremes and intense aridity and of current trends in bighorn distribution and numbers, factors responsible for historical declines and actions taken by government agencies and private research organizations to facilitate the recovery of bighorn populations. Field experiences include visits to institutions with captive bighorn as well as detection of sign in bighorn habitat.

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