is mainly a domestic species gone wild. This is one of the larger of the
sheep species hunted under the exotic species umbrella. Like many of the
exotic sheep they can range anywhere from semi tame to downright spooky,
according to hunting pressure.
The Merino is a white ram with a body covered in usually heavy wool. This
animal is usually a much bigger bodied and has much larger horns than
one of the other species of the same age. This makes them a sought after
addition to a trophy room wall. A Merinos horns grow up, back around,
and then back down. Some of them will even repeat that process and make
a second curl. A big male can weigh up to 200 pounds and a good-sized
female up to 120-130 pounds.
With their snowy white pelt and golden, honey colored, sweeping horns
they make an impressive mount.
by Steve Mahurin on August 14, 2000.
25 North Heights
La Marque, Texas 77568