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Ibex
By Steve Mahurin
     

There are at least seven sub species of Ibex in the world. Most of these occurring in Asia. Number of the subspecies has been imported into the U.S. The most notable being the Nubian and the Siberian. Fir the most part though the Ibex you find on most ranches that hunt exotics are a crossbred animal derived from early Ibex imports and goats. Most of these are lumped into what is called the American Ibex Goat.

These animals can be found and will thrive in almost any terrain to be found in Texas or any other state. These animals can be really tough to get on rough and mountainous terrain. They are a herd animal and even when you are in range for a shot it is very difficult to separate a particular animal for a shot.

A Billy can weigh up to 250 pounds with females in the 80-pound range. On a male the horns grow up, back and down in a sweeping curve. Colors can vary greatly. The most predominant colors are overall brown with sometimes a white belly. But you will also find them in black, or even a black and white paint coloration. Billy's also have a long growth of hair under their chin commonly called whiskers.

Written by Steve Mahurin on August 14, 2000.

 
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Steve Mahurin
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La Marque, Texas 77568
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