California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep In Sequoia
                    Kings                   Canyon

Mount Baxter
image of ewe
S263 - Ewe (kml)
S263 - Ewe (pdf)

image of ram
S202 - Ram (kml)
S202 - Ram (pdf)
Monthly movement data
by color
Google Earth™ or pdf format

    Recent Events

  • 02/04/2017 S438, a ewe, crossed Sawmill Canyon. Ewes do not typically cross the mouth of Sawmill Canyon on the winter range.
  • 06/28/2016 We saw a total of 51 Sierra bighorn on our summer survey of the Mt. Baxter herd unit. A large number of these animals were located on the Mt. Baxter plateau.
Large ram group on Mount Baxter winter range.
The Mount Baxter herd is one of the original native Sierra bighorn herds, and has been used as a source for translocations to many other herds in the Sierra, including Wheeler Ridge (1980), Mt. Langley (1980), Mount Warren (1986), Laurel Creek (2015), and the Cathedral Range (2015). Mount Baxter is one of the largest and most productive herds in the Sierra, with a population of approximately 110 animals in 2017. Much of the herd tends to be highly visible on low elevation winter range on the front of Black Canyon between December and early April. Because of this most of our best counts of the Mt. Baxter herd take place in winter.
Ewe group high above the Owens Valley on a cloudy fall day.