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047 SNOWBOUND - BIG HORN SHEEP
Bighorn Sheep - Custer State Park, South Dakota. A bighorn ram bursts through the prairie at daybreak shortly after an early October snowstorm blanketed the southern Black Hills. Leader of the pack, a dozen other rams will soon follow close behind. Bighorn sheep once were common in the Black Hills and surrounding prairies. By the early 1900's they were nearly extirpated in the Great Plains. With reintroduction programs and much attention by biologists, today they thrive once again in the wild, but only in small, closely monitored herds in parts of their historic range.