Wild Life - August 2020

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There are now about 70,000 bighorn sheep living in North America. Much of their historical range no longer supports bighorn populations and Interstate Highways have cut off once-connected mountain ranges. (photo by Jon Chance)

About 750,000 years ago, the ancestors of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia into Alaska. From there, they spread throughout the West, finding homes in rocky terrain from Canada down to northern Mexico.

Explore one – or all – of these five alpine lakes this summer (photo by Laurie Thornton)

Fortunately for us in Montana, options abound for exploring new peaks, hidden trails, or some of the crown jewels of the Montana backcountry: alpine lakes.