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Boone and Crockett announces new bighorn sheep world record
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The Boone and Crockett Club has announced a new world record for bighorn sheep. But the story behind it is a bit different than most hunting records. - photo by Grant Olsen
ALBERTA, Canada What do black bears, grizzly bears, tule elk and non-typical whitetail deer all have in common? The world records for each animal, as recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club, were not taken by a hunter. Instead, the massive animals died of other causes and were found later and reported.

Bighorn sheep have now been added to that list. A ram that was killed by a vehicle collision in Alberta, Canada, has been determined to have the largest horns ever for the species. Amazingly, 50 percent of the top 10 bighorn sheep ever recorded have come from Alberta.

According to a report from the Boone and Crockett Club, the record ram was hit on a roadway near Longview, Alberta. Residents in the area had seen the animal on many occasions and expressed sadness after hearing of the accident.

This ram and a younger ram had lived on the ranch where I worked since 2009, a local rancher said in the report. The older ram would go down to the highway a couple times a month, but the younger ram would rarely follow. We always wondered if one of these trips to the highway would be his last.

The previous world record was taken about 15 years prior by a hunter near Luscar Mountain, Albert. That rams horns scored 208-3/8 B&C points. The team of official measurers that convened in Alberta in March determined this new rams horns have a final score of 209-4/8.