Inhabits semi-open, precipitous terrain with rocky slopes, ridges, and cliffs or rugged canyons; dry mountainous terrain, subalpine grass-low shrub communities. In winter, attracted to areas with little or no snow cover. Females rely on precipitous mountain areas for escape cover during lambing period (Lawson and Johnson 1982). Mineral licks essential during spring (MacDonald and Cook 2009).
Lawson, B., and R. Johnson. 1982. Mountain sheep. Pages 1036-1055 in Chapman, J. A., and G. A. Feldhamer, eds. Wild mammals of North America. Biology, management, and economics. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Baltimore.
￼￼MacDonald, S. O. and J. A. Cook. 2009. Recent Mammals of Alaska. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK.