Desert mountain sheep group In the Museum of California Academy of Sciences,Golden Gate Park,San Francisco.
This species of mountain sheep or big horn(Ovis cremnobates) is found in the dessert mountains of Southern California and adjacent parts of Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. The animals in this group were taken in December, 1913, in the san Jacinto Mountains, Riverside Co., Calif.
The slender horns of the females have given rise to the mistaken belief that the Ibex- an animal found only Europe and Asia -is found in America.
The story that mountain sheep sometimes jump from high precipices and alight on their horns is entirely erroneous, and is on a par with hoopsnake, sea serpent and other similar stories.
In the desert mountains water is usually scarce, and the mountain sheep frequently eat the barrel cactus, the pulpy interior of which contains a large percentage of water; and this no doubt enables the sheep to go for long periods without drinking.
The snow-capped mountain in the distance is San Jacinto Peak.
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