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Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)
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Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)

General Information: Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) are medium-sized, white or black-and-white sheep domesticated for the production of wool and meat.

Taxonomy: Order: Artiodactyla (Even-toed Hoofed Mammals); Family: Bovidae (cows, sheep, goats, and similar mammals).


Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)

Diet: Vegetation; browse on grasses and forbs in high alpine meadows.

Where to Find: Don't look for Domestic Sheep around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on trips to California and other places with climates more moderate than Las Vegas.

Comments: John Muir referred to domestic sheep as "hoofed locust" because of their way of eating everything in their wake. In the southern California desert, I find this to be accurate, and it is not surprising to me that we find few or no desert tortoise in areas where sheep are grazed.

Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)
Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries) Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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