Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)
A medium-size bovid. Muscular body, with thick neck. Color varies from dark brown above in northern mountains to pale tan in desert; belly, rump patch, back of legs, muzzle, and eye patch are white. Short, dark brown tail. Coat sheds in patches June–July. Ram has massive brown horns that curve up and back over ears, then down, around, and up past cheeks in C-shaped "curl"; spread to 33" (83 cm). Ewe has short, slender horns that never form more than half-curl. Juvenile has soft, woolly, creamy-fawn coat. Ht
- States/US Territories in which the Peninsular bighorn sheep, Peninsular CA pop. is known to or is believed to occur: California
- US Counties in which the Peninsular bighorn sheep, Peninsular CA pop. is known to or is believed to occur: View All
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|03/18/1998||California/Nevada Region (Region 8)||U.S.A. (CA) Peninsular Ranges|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|10/25/2000||Recovery Plan for Bighorn Sheep in the Peninsular Ranges, California||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|12/29/1999||64 FR 73057 73058||Notice of Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Bighorn Sheep in the Peninsular Ranges for Review and Comment||
|03/25/2009||74 FR 12878 12883||Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada||
|04/27/2012||77 FR 25112 25116||5-Year Reviews of Species in California and Nevada||
|04/21/2011||Peninsular Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis ssp. nelsoni) 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type||Status|
|04/14/2009||74 FR 17288 17365||Designation of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep and Determination of a Distinct Population Segment of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)||Final Rule||Final designated|
|08/26/2008||73 FR 50498 50529||Designation of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Ranges Population of Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni); Proposed Rule||Proposed Rule||Not Required|
|02/01/2001||66 FR 8650 8677||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Determination of Critical Habitat for Peninsular Bighorn Sheep; Final Rule||Final Rule||Not Required|
|07/05/2000||65 FR 41405 41424||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep||Proposed Rule||Not Required|
To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab
» Conservation Plans
|HCP Plan Summaries|
|Coachella Valley Multi-Species HCP|
» Life History
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