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Yellowstone, Part 2

This is a continuation from my post the other day on my Basecamp experience with Moose Peterson in Yellowstone (2009).  On the fourth day, we were in the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone, up by the Northwestern Entrance of the Park.  The road winds out of the park to the entrance along these cliff that are several hundred feet above the road.  Along here we found four male Bighorn Sheep that had their testosterone running high.  For some reason, one of the males seemed to be the focus of their attention that day.  They all were taking turns butting him with their horns from different directions.  Occassionally, two of them would be beating on opposite ends of this poor guy.  He would work to separate himself from the group the group, but never very far.  Eventually, they would all come together again and the ritual would recommence. It was never too serious, except for a couple of exchanges that involved head on head butting (see below).  This went on for a couple of hours.  While we were there the Rangers closed off the road and kept running a truck with a blade back and forth to clean up the debris that was being knocked loose by the gang of four above.  Several times they asked our group (8 photogs with their tripods and long lenses) to move.  We would do so, but slowly over time would be drawn back by the action.  Eventually, the four headed off over the top to carry on their crazyness.  It was easily one of the neatest things that I’ve experienced in the Park.  The only thing better may be my encounters with bears!

Bighorn Fighting in Yellowstone

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