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Skull and horns of new world record ram.
Dillon Tabish / FWP

The Olympics are barely underway, but there’s one world record that Montana already has locked down: world’s largest bighorn sheep ram.

The Boone and Crocket Club confirmed on Wednesday that a 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes at a Montana state park is a shoe-in as the new world record bighorn sheep.

Bighorn Sheep with suspected sore mouth disease.
Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park are getting a lot of attention over some not-so-pretty close ups. Photos on the park’s Flickr page show multiple rams with swollen, distorted mouths.

Park officials said Monday that the photos are believed to depict the park’s first known cases of a sore mouth disease known as contagious ecthyma.

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Gracie hazes mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.
Nicky Ouellet

Glacier National Park has a new ranger. Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Starting in mid-July, Gracie will herd mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.

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Regional sheep producers are concerned that fears about their herds transmitting disease to wild bighorn sheep might jeopardize their livelihood.

Last spring, the Forest Service banned domestic sheep grazing on about 70 percent of the Payette National Forest in West Central Idaho to prevent domestic sheep from infecting bighorns.

"We feel it's just a way for environmental groups to try to try and remove livestock from public grounds."