Big Old Ram
They say he is one of the largest bighorn rams in Colorado -- as far as I know he is the only ram on record with over a 50 inch curl -- died of old age on the southern end of Fort Carson.
The ram died Nov. 28 2005, the Colorado Division of Wildlife said Tuesday. He had spent most of his life with a herd of bighorn sheep that plied cliffs on private property along the Arkansas River between Caon City and Pueblo.
Biologists who had long observed the distinctive ram speculated that younger, more dominant males pushed him out of the herd this summer, and he moved east onto Fort Carson's vast landholdings.
Fort Carson military and wildlife officials first saw the ram on the southern end of the base in late August and kept watch on him since. They reported the ram was showing signs of old age -- including decreased muscle mass and fatigue -- and had become unafraid of humans.
A Fort Carson wildlife official went to check on the animal Nov. 28 and discovered it died just hours earlier.
An autopsy revealed the ram was 12 to 13 years old -- a long life for a bighorn sheep.
The exam also revealed the animal suffered from heart and lung problems, arthritis and a chest infection. It also had broken several ribs sometime in the past.
I was stationed at Fort Carson when they picked him up.