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Putorana Snow Sheep - Species Detail
||said to be few in number
Ovis nivicola borealis
Other names are Norilsk snow sheep, or Syverma snow sheep.
DESCRIPTION The Putorana subspecies is not well-known. We have seen no body measurements or weights, but the animal appears to be similar in size to other snow sheep. The winter coat is a uniform dark grayish-brown color, with a white belly and large white rump patch. Legs are dark like the body. Inside of the ears is white. There are whitish areas on the face and crown, but these vary with the individual from a little white to all white. The horns are similar to those of other snow sheep.
DISTRIBUTION An isolated, far-western population in the Putorana (Noril and Syverma) Mountains between the Piasina and Khatanga rivers near the base of the Taimyr Peninsula in north-central Siberia. They are about 600 miles (1,000 km) from any other snow sheep.
REMARKS As a matter of interest, we have seen photographs and measurements of a large-bodied, seven-year-old ram with 12-inch (30.5 cm) horns and seven-inch (17.8 cm) bases. It was encountered in an isolated group that was reported to contain another full-grown ram with tiny horns, plus 4-5 hornless females.
STATUS Numbers were estimated at 3,500 in 1988 and appear to be increasing.
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