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Mountain Lion vs. Bighorn Facts

A bachelor group of bighorn rams begin pre-rut behavior.

A bachelor group of bighorn rams begin pre-rut behavior. (View larger version)

Photograph by Grizzly Creek Films/Rick Smith

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  • Bighorn rams charge each other at speeds of up to 20 mph.

  • Bighorn sheep have a double-layered skull. The extra thickness helps protect them when they crash heads during battle.

  • The horns of bighorn sheep are made up of a protein called keratin. The same substance makes up human hair and fingernails.

  • In the summertime, bighorn sheep will climb to elevations as high as 8,500 feet.

  • Mountain lions can kill prey 6 times their size.

  • Mountain lions are so elusive that researches can't accurately estimate their population numbers.

  • The night vision of a mountain lion is 6 times better than that of a human's.

  • Mountain lions are the largest felids that purr.

  • Adult mountain lions can reach over 8 feet from head to tail.

  • Mountain lions can eat 20 to 30 pounds of meat at one time.


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