California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Group Sand Mountain (2008)

Bighorn Sheep on Sand Mountain (2008)

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
    Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Bovidae
    Subfamily: Caprinae
Scientific Name (Genus species): Ovis canadensis

Size

Length: 5 feet
Height: 2 ½ – 3 ¼ feet (at shoulders)
Weight: Adult Male (Ram) 120 – 220 pounds; Adult Female (Ewe) 100 – 155 pounds

Life Span

Rams 10 – 13 years maximum; Ewes 12 – 20 years maximum

Subspecies