Monday, July 4, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Wildlife Viewing - Sheep and Mountain Goat

Yesterday I went wildlife viewing with Franko, one of the wilderness guides at Chilcotin Holidays. We go out at dusk to observe animals to find their habitat range, to notify what and how many we see and what their behaviour is.

At this time of the year, most animals are down in the valley and we can easily see them from the road along Carpenter lake. It is also the time when bears come out and start grazing in the meadows. We went out with the car and looked with our binoculars through the window for any movement coming from the side of the road up on the cliff.

Sheep are not easy to see because their fur is almost the same color as the rocks. However they often show their presence because some rocks roll down the cliff down on the road. They also start moving as soon as we stop so they are easily seen. The most observed behavior is fleeing and going up hill but they always stop to observe and then move up again.

We mostly observe female groups with young ones. Female bighorn sheep are called Ewes. It is more difficult to see males because they are more cautious but they also stay in small groups. Males are called Rams.

Mountain Goats are a little bit easier to see when there is no more snow on the mountain. They appear as little white spots on the green and brown mountain. But because they live higher they are also further so it is not always easy to recognise adults from young or males, also called Billies, from females, also called Nannies. Sometimes it is also just a patch of snow or a white rock that you will observe for five minutes until you realize it doesn't move.

During our wildlife viewing evening we saw nine Bighorn Sheep and six Mountain Goats on the other side of the carpenter lake on the north face of the mountain.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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