Rocky Mtn Bighorn Sheep captured by Z 6II / 180-400VR

With late fall comes a general down slope migration by many of North America’s big game (other smaller critters do it as well). The reason is pretty simple, easier grazing and movement. Snow covers up and eliminates the food Moose, deer, sheep and other ungulates require at higher elevations. Simply moving down in elevation can bring a cornucopia of food sources. At that same time, the deeper snows are left behind making getting around and getting away from predators more effective. One of the great fall migrations happens in the northern region of Yellowstone Nat’l Park. Vast numbers of elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and some Bison move down through Gardner to Paradise Valley. It’s not like the dates are on a calendar to intercept them but if you can get there, you might find some really mellow critters that if you take your time, become the perfect house guests, they will literally come up right to you for some dramatic images. So keep it in mind when you’re out looking for big game. Movin on down, ’tis the season.
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