This image of a group of male bighorn sheep captures their practice of departing from the females once the mating season has concluded.
Bighorn sheep do not follow a “leader,” as many other animal species do, but instead travel in herds, as seen here. These Rocky Mountain bighorns are a distinct subspecies inhabiting the cooler regions of the Rocky Mountains, the northwestern region of the U.S., and Canada. They prefer grassy alpine slopes, meadows, and rocky mountain cliffs, where they are most well known for their graceful navigation of insurmountable terrain.
I love the way these male stared, half intrigued and half stoic, at the camera. They are tough, confident, and courageous in a way others can only dream of being…and they are not easily roused.