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How Scientists Define Bighorn Sheep Populations

Part of the Ecology Disrupted Curriculum Collection.

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Bighorn Sheep Populations teacher's guide



This discussion reviews how scientists define populations, and how that applies to bighorn sheep. 


Key Idea: Bighorn sheep live in small mountaintop populations.

Question: What is a population?
Answer: Populations are groups of the same species that live and breed together. 

Question: How are the bighorn sheep populations different from one another?
Answer: They are different genetically and geographically.

Question: What geographic feature defines them?
Answer: The bighorn sheep populations are determined by the mountaintops on which they live.