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Mouflon in the pyrenees

Female mouflon and her calf grazing in a meadow in Puigmal, in Ripollés.

Female mouflon and her calf grazing in a meadow in Puigmal, in Ripollés.


The mouflon (Ovis orientalis) has been introduced in various parts of Europe such as the Pyrenees, with animals from Corsica and Sardinia. There is no consensus on whether their origin is totally wild or they descend from the first domestic sheep brought to Corsica in the Neolithic. Its size can reach 90cm(3 feet) in height at the shoulders and a weight of 50kg( 110lb). Despite inhabiting open spaces in mountainous areas, it is not as adapted to life in the snow as other mammals such as the chamois, so it is not as common to see it in alpine meadows (although you can visit them in summer). In Catalonia the mouflon is also present in the ports of Beceite.


Mouflon in an alpine meadow with rhododendron.

Mouflon in an alpine meadow with rhododendron.


Tags: pirineo, pirineus, pyrenees, ripolles, puigmal, muflon, muflo


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