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Near Greenwood in Custer County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cliffhangers and Headbangers

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
1. Cliffhangers and Headbangers Marker
Inscription.  Hardscrabble's rugged cliffs are perfect bighorn sheep habitat — wild, rocky, and open. Against the steep canyon walls, their brown coats blend into the vegetation and rocks. Scan the hillsides closely for their white rump patches or listen for the bleating of ewes and lambs or the head-banging of dominant rams.

Human encroachment and habitat loss has forced bighorn sheep into smaller, less desirable areas. This makes them more susceptible to predators and disease. Traffic can also be hazardous to sheep crossing and feeding near highways.

Presently, there are an estimated 7,000-8,000 bighorn sheep living in scattered herds from Colorado's lowest elevations to the top of its highest mountains. Management actions by the Colorado Division of Wildlife such as habitat improvement projects, transplanting, and hunting restrictions have brought these majestic animals back from near extinction in the early 1900s.

Inset: Notice how these rams face away from each other and avoid eye contact when bedded down. This behavior is part of the structured "pecking” order that begins as lambs and continues throughout
Cliffhangers and Headbangers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
2. Cliffhangers and Headbangers Marker
This marker is on the left.
their adult lives. Head-butting settles disagreements between larger and more dominant rams.
 
Erected by Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 38° 10.719′ N, 105° 6.899′ W. Marker is near Greenwood, Colorado, in Custer County. Marker is on Colorado 96 0.4 miles west of County Road 387, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wetmore CO 81253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway (here, next to this marker); Hardscrabble (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named Hardscrabble (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cuerno Verde (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 25, 2021