With more wild sheep than any other part of Canada, the Yukon is a great place to spot these majestic animals. Most of the more than 20,000 Yukon sheep are pure white Dall sheep, and less than a fifth are darker Stone sheep. Visitors have some excellent chances to see these mountain sheep (also known as thinhorns) on traditional feeding grounds, some of which are visible from roads. Most mountain sheep retreat to high alpine meadows in the summer but usually stay at lower elevations the rest of the year.
A favourite wildlife viewing spot is Sheep Mountain in Kluane National Park, home to about two hundred Dall sheep. Sheep are often visible from the viewing deck of the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre or from the Alaska Highway, particularly from September to mid-May. Hikers have the best chance of spotting Dall sheep during the summer months when they are grazing high in Kluane’s alpine meadows.
Along the Dempster Highway, Dall sheep are often visible high on the flanks of Angelcomb Peak. A mineral lick near Engineer Creek attracts Dall sheep in June, making for easy roadside viewing of handsome rams. In Ivvavik National Park, rafters often see Dall sheep from the Firth River.