For most of the drive along the Kootenay Highway, we saw no wildlife. However, as we turned off Highway 93 onto Highway 95, we encountered a large number of bighorn rams grazing on a hillside… complete with fully developed horns. Apparently, the horns on a ram can weigh up to 30lbs.
I got the sense from all the signage, that bighorn sheep are a common occurrence outside of Radium Hot Springs. According to Parks Canada, “In Kootenay National Park, bighorn sheep occur primarily in the south end of the park near Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia.”
A few days later, during a second trek through Radium, we passed by a seemingly different and relatively young herd of ewes and juveniles grazing on the side of the road.