Mackenzie Kings – Dall Rams
Limited Edition of 200, 20″ x 25″ – $160.00
Open Edition 10″ x 13″ – $40.00
Dall Sheep are even-toed ungulates that have hollow unforked horns similar to cattle, goats and antelope. Native to Alaska and northern Canada, they are the only white wild sheep in the world. Other wild sheep native to North America include the Stone’s, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn and the Desert Bighorn. Dall and Stone’s sheep are collectively known as thin horns which differentiate them from their southern cousins, the Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorns, which have thicker horns with tighter curls. The curl develops slowly. By age five, a ram usually has horns with a three-quarter curl, and a full curl is reached by eight or nine years of age. The horns stop growing each fall, resulting in grooved rest lines which are their age markers.
In the drawing, “Mackenzie Kings”, three Dall rams have been resting. Each strike a different pose. Their focus is directed toward movement on the mountain. The social hierarchy at this moment is not questioned so all three are kings of the Mackenzie Mountain Range in the Northwest Territories. These “Mackenzie Kings” will do battle to prevent subordinate males from mating which occurs in the middle of November when ewes come into estrus. Dominant rams are polygamous; therefore, they are the most successful breeders helping to produce most of the lambs. During the rut subordinates are driven off and the dominant rams reign supreme.