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View bighorn sheep along the Green River on Nov. 12

The public can view Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep at the Division of Wild Resources' annual Bighorn Sheep Watch along an 8-mile stretch of the Green River on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is free.
The public can view Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep at the Division of Wild Resources' annual Bighorn Sheep Watch along an 8-mile stretch of the Green River on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is free.
Division of Wildlife Resources

PRICE — The Division of Wild Resources is hosting its annual Bighorn Sheep Watch along an 8-mile stretch of the Green River on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is free.

"November is the time of year, known as the rut, when bighorn sheep breed," Morgan Jacobsen, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, said in a statement. "During the rut, bighorn sheep are less wary of people, so it's a great time to observe the bighorns and photograph them."

Since the sheep are focused on courtship and breeding, Jacobsen said it's easier to get relatively close to the sheep without spooking them.

In past years, participants have gotten within 50 yards of bighorns. Occasionally, participants have seen rams butt heads. Most of the time, though, they've watched large rams kick and harass smaller males. "Watching the rutting behavior of Utah's bighorn sheep is a singular experience," Jacobsen said.

Pre-registration is required, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The trip is limited to 15 vehicles.

Participants should bring a camera and binoculars or a spotting scope. They should also wear warm clothes and bring water, snacks or a lunch.

Because bighorn sheep and the weather are unpredictable, Jacobsen said there's no guarantee participants will see the animals. To register or for more information, call Jacobsen at 435-613-3707 or send an email to morganjacobsen@utah.gov.