• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Mammals

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Bighorn Sheep. The most famous mammal in the park!
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What do black bears, wild horses and Bighorn Canyon visitors all have in common? They are all mammals! Mammals vary greatly in appearance, behavior, and required habitats, but all mammals share certain characteristics, that help distinguish them from other living animals. All mammals:

  • are warm-blooded; meaning they can maintain a constant internal body temperature, despite varying external temperatures.
  • give birth to live young, and can produce milk to nourish them.
  • Have hair or fur, helping to keep them warm and provide insulation.

In this section of our website, you can learn more about some of the most common and interesting of Bighorn Canyon's mammals.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Bighorn Canyon

Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...