I took advantage of the start of the off season in between winter skiing tourists and summer park-visiting tourists to drive out on the National Elk Refuge and look for bighorn sheep. With our weather alternating between spring and snow, it was a bit chilly, but still nice. Apologies for the picture-heaviness of this post.I found sheep pretty quickly. These guys were playing on the rocks. It made me wish I had a longer lens for my camera. And also some of their energy.I zoomed in on this one on my computer.Sorry for the quality, but look how that sheep is straddling the rocks. These two are pretty young.Then they started playing on the slope. Just for reference, Mr. Gecko calls this a “steep incline”. They seemed to like it, though.Most of the sheep I saw were ewes and last year’s babies, but I did see this guy hanging out around the next bend in the road.The sheep were not concerned with traffic. The delivery truck, though, had things to do. (I blurred out the logo.) The driver went around the tourists from Wisconsin (the license plate has been blurred, too), returned to the right side of the road, and drove slowly by after the sheep had moved.The sheep were not bothered enough to get all the way off the road, though.As a side note, stopping on the road to take pictures is not allowed on this road. There are regular pullouts for stopping. This made me chuckle, though, especially since I could hear the passenger making kissy noises to get the ewe’s attention.This population of bighorn is being monitored using radio collars on some of the sheep. Because of the geography and development in their range, there is concern that the population is isolated and not genetically diverse.Both ewes and rams have horns, but the ewes’ horns are short and skinny. This thick coat will shed out soon.