Desert Bighorn, Mule Deer and Cougar in High Desert Mountains of Far-West Texas

Desert Mountain Wildlife #2 – part of a series on wildlife pictures was taken in Winter 2017, at Circle Ranch in the Sierra Diablo Mountains of far-West Texas. The series contains many wildlife photos, and, discusses holistic wildlife management practices.


NOTE: this post was initially published to this site on June 5, 2017


Desert Mountain Wildlife #2 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

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  • Received this comment on the video:

    Hi I have 120 acres, 40 of these acres look just like the second two the last photo show. the mountain with the rocky cliff. I have goat fencing corral, from went I use to rise a small flock of goats, (45).. I have always wanted to rise big horn. I want to fence off the 40 acres or more, Question: what kind of fencing do you recommend, and how many big horns can I rise with little supplementing, out side of making sure they have water 24/7. and where can I buy a few big horns.. they say there is a mountain lion around, I never seen it, as well as lots of coyotes. Thanks for any help you can give me.. I’m in southern California, Agua Dulce area thanks

    To which I replied:

    I cannot speak for California, only far-West Texas. You have a different weather and rain pattern out there.

    Insofar as I know, desert bighorn are not raised in captivity, nor are animals available for sale. I am not sure why this is.

    We do not fence ours, to the contrary we have modified fences so they can move around wherever they wish. Permanent water is a must: It is the single most important practice, and we leave animals alone otherwise, except for seasonal cattle grazing when needed. Feed on our ranch comes from natural plants – stimulated by animal impact from wildlife and cattle. Sometimes we put alfalfa out as a treat: All the animals like it.

    I hope this is helpful.

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