December 2020

The Rut

The rut, or breeding season, typically lasts from July – November for Peninsular bighorn sheep and has come to a close. That said, if the rams and ewes are together during December, there’s nothing stopping the males from going through breeding behavior with the now pregnant females. There have been several groups of rams and ewes together in Palm Springs lately and the rams are still displaying rutting behavior such as chasing, lip-curling and mounting. Regardless, it’s exciting to watch the rams with their powerful presence as they will soon disperse into bachelor groups while the ewes give birth this coming spring. Picture: ram in the middle rears up ready to challenge another ram as a group surrounds a single female facing away.