Residents of the Bridge to Nowhere: Desert Big Horn Sheep
Scientific Name: Ovis canadensis nelsoni
The Bridge to Nowhere is a source of adventure for thrill seekers, hikers, friends, and family. But it is also the home to the majestic desert big horn sheep. The big horn sheep are an endangered species. In fact, in 1980 there were estimated to be only 740 left in the Angeles forest. Fortunately, since then the fish and game commission, along with the US forest department and the help of many volunteers have developed conservation strategies to help save the dying breed. One part of that strategy was to create a wilderness area within the National Forest specifically designated to these beautiful animals. It just so happens that the Bridge to Nowhere property falls directly in the center of this wilderness area.
In other words, bring your camera with you on your visit! Sometimes you can see as many as 12 big horn sheep at a time! From young lams to old rams, these gorgeous creatures are absolutely amazing to see up close in the wild. The best months to see them are November through March.
Here’s a tip: If you see rocks falling down a mountainside, (first make sure you’re in a safe area) then follow the rocks up in a straight line with your hand. Odds are you’ll find the culprit who will most likely be a Big Horn Sheep.