Wyo. sheep known for butting vehicles at park dies
Feb 05 2013
LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — A bighorn sheep named Bam Bam because of his habit of butting vehicles at a Wyoming park has died with his horns, likely of natural causes.
He was the last survivor of the bighorn sheep herd in Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander.
Bam Bam became a local celebrity of sorts when he began showing up near the park's main road in 2007 and allowed people to pet him. He earned the name Bam Bam because he liked to butt vehicles.
He could be heard in the parking lot ramming vehicles, and most park employees have dents, broken taillights and other evidence of their association with Bam Bam. It was not known if any of the vehicles butted by Bam Bam were seriously damaged. He simply had an aversion to cars.
Bam Bam was friendly with people and liked to be petted.
Fearing for the sheep's and visitors' safety, park managers moved Bam Bam to an enclosed state facility near Wheatland in 2009.
Sinks Canyon Superintendent Darrel Trembly says Bam Bam will be mounted by a taxidermist and put on display in the park's visitor center.