World record bighorn

The skull of a bighorn ram that died of natural causes on Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake has shattered the Boone and Crockett world record. The horn’s measured 216-3/8 inches, besting the previous top ram by almost seven inches.

The herd on Wild Horse isn’t hunted, and has been carefully managed by Montana FWP to provide source population for bighorn restoration efforts in the region. There are about 100 sheep in the Wild Horse herd. The island measures 2,160 acres and since it’s a Montana State Park, these public lands are available for wildlife watching for anyone with a boat.

The Flathead Beacon has a nice wrap-up here.

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