If your answer had something to do with avoiding predators, you are correct! Bighorns know better than to remain in river canyons where the range of their vision is limited. S375's instincts told her to not linger in the canyon and to regain the high ground very quickly. If she had to out-maneuver a predator, like a mountain lion, she could rely on her padded hooves and phenomenal strength and balance. Outracing predators across seemingly featureless, vertical cliffs comes easy for a bighorn, but only if the race begins on the steepest ground.
Last updated: January 29, 2016