If your answer had something to do with food or foraging, you are correct! As the winter snows melt out the high alpine meadows begin to produce a variety of vegetation. Bighorn sheep need to eat, and what they eat and when they eat it is a matter of particular interest for wildlife biologists. As it turns out, bighorn sheep are very selective and eat only those plants, or parts of plants, that have the most nutrients at that time. For example, they will eat the flowers of Alpine Gold (Hulsea algida) and Sky Pilot (Polemonium eximum) in the summer and save the leaves and roots of these plants to eat later in the fall.
Last updated: May 16, 2016