Large ram group on Mount Baxter winter range.
Photo by Steve Yaeger - Ewe group high above the Owens Valley on a cloudy fall day.
The Mount Baxter herd is one of the original native Sierra bighorn herds, and has been used as a source for translocations to many other herds in the Sierra, including Wheeler Ridge (1980), Mt. Langley (1980), Mount Warren (1986), Laurel Creek (2015), and the Cathedral Range (2015). Mount Baxter is one of the largest and most productive herds in the Sierra, with a population of approximately 93 animals in 2021.
Much of the herd tends to be highly visible on low elevation winter range on the front of Black Canyon between December and early April. Because of this most of our best counts of the Mt. Baxter herd take place in winter.