Based on their name alone, you know at least one thing about Rocky Mountain Rams–the vast majority of them live in—you guessed it—the Rocky Mountains in states like Wyoming, New Mexico, and, of course, Colorado. But unless you have extensive experience hunting Rocky Mountain Rams, there are a lot of other interesting facts about them that you might not know. Let’s take a few minutes to learn more about them.
Their iconic horns weigh more than all their bones combined.
The first thing you’ll see when you look at Rocky Mountain Rams is their horns. Their horns are often up to 30 inches in length, if not more, and about 15 inches around. They can also weigh upwards of 30 pounds. That’s heavier than all of the bones in their skeletons combined.
They can fight for hours and, in some cases, even days on end.
When Rocky Mountain Rams have disagreements for one reason or another, they’ll usually “fight” by running into one another at very high speeds. Some Rocky Mountain Rams can move up to 20 miles per hour when running at other rams. Their battles can go on for hours and sometimes even days, depending on what the issue seems to be. Fighting doesn’t usually hurt Rocky Mountain Rams, but it is a way for one ram to establish dominance over another ram.
They eat plants, not meat.
Generally speaking, Rocky Mountain Rams usually grow to be anywhere from 120 pounds all the way up to 320 pounds. There are even some outliers that can get to be up to 500 pounds. But despite their massive size, Rocky Mountain Rams don’t eat meat. They prefer to eat grass, shrubs, and whatever other kinds of plants they can find.
They can climb up mountains with ease.
Because of their massive size, you might make the mistake of thinking that Rocky Mountain Rams aren’t very agile. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, Rocky Mountain Rams are so strong that they’re able to scale mountains and make other movements that you wouldn’t expect from them. They’re a lot leaner and more muscular than most people realize.
Now that you know a little bit more about Rocky Mountain Rams, why not try hunting them? Tioga Boar Hunting cantake you out on a Rocky Mountain Ram hunt and show you the best ways to go about tracking them down. You’ll gain a new appreciation for them in the end. Call us at 570-835-5341 to schedule a guided Rocky Mountain Ram hunt.