science education resource

For K-12 Students • Educators • Homeschool Families • Naturalists

Dall Sheep

To view these resources with no ads please Login or Subscribe (and help support our site).

Ovis dalli
Dall Sheep


They are found in Alaska, and northwest Canada.


They live in the high mountains where it can be very cold and windy and few predators can reach them.

Body Traits

They can weigh up to 200 pounds and reach 6 feet long with big curling horns. They are covered with thick, white fur. They have yellow eyes, massive curling horns, black nose and hooves.


In the winter they travel (migrate) to lower places where they can find food. When they come out of the mountains onto the flatter areas, they come together into large herds. This is thought to be safer when they down near predators.


They eat grass, leaves, twigs, lichens and moss.


They are hunted by wolves, wolverines, bears, golden eagles (young) and humans.

To view these resources with no ads, please Login or Subscribe (and help support our site).


The males and females only come together in the fall to mate. Males compete for females by ramming their big horns together. Females are pregnant for 6 months and have one baby.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live up to 15 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - Least Concern.

Dall Sheep


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Genus: Ovis
Species: Ovis dalli

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Dall Sheep" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2023. February 8, 2023
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.