DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — One time a year, Rocky Mountain bighorn Sheep have lambs, and that time is now.
Joe Orgill, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) volunteer at Waterton Canyon captured a video of lambs running around near the Strontia Springs Dam.
He said he's in the canyon four times a week and has been waiting for the little ones to be born.
"They are born on the steep cliffs to protect themselves from other predators that cannot navigate the cliffs," Orgill said." So the cliffs give them protection."
Orgill said, over the last few weeks, he has finally spotted moms (Ewes) hanging out with little babies in pairs.
Orgill, who has walked more than 1200 miles in the canyon, said the lambs ability to run to cliffs will save their lives as the years go on.
Waterton Canyon is a popular place for hiking, biking and fishing near Littleton. A wide dirt road trail leads 6.2 miles to the Strontia Springs Dam.
Water that is diverted from the dam from the approximately 7,700-acre reservoir above it flows to a treatment center to eventually be used by Denver Water.
Dogs aren’t allowed on the trail due to the bighorn sheep.
The site AllTrails recommends holding off on exploring the trail until around 5 p.m. if you want to see the sheep.
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