The following information was excerpted from the Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 24, Article 80, Part 9, Section 24-80-911.
TITLE 24 GOVERNMENT - STATE
ARTICLE 80 STATE HISTORY, ARCHIVES, AND EMBLEMS
PART 9 STATE EMBLEMS AND SYMBOLS
24-80-911. State animal.
The rocky mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is hereby made and declared to be the state animal of the state of Colorado, and no person may pursue, take, hunt, wound, or kill any rocky mountain bighorn sheep, except as provided in title 33, C.R.S.
Source: L. 61: p. 783, § 1. CRS 53: § 131-8-11. C.R.S. 1963: § 131-8-11.
Colorado Revised Statutes. Office of Legislative Legal Services. 2009. 3 April 2009 <http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/colorado_revised_statutes.htm>
State Animal. Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. 2009. 3 April 2009 <http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/history/symbemb.htm#Animal>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
State Animal: Colorado Department of Personnel & Adminstration.
Bighorn Sheep: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis): National Wildlife Foundation's eNature.com field guide.
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep): Information about Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep) Information and pictures from the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology's Animal Diversity Web..
Ovis canadensis Shaw, 1804: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Ovis canadensis (Bighorn Sheep): CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Animals: Complete list of official state Mammals from NETSTATE.COM.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official California state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
The Bighorn Sheep, by Joanne Mattern. 48 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press (August 1999) Reading level: Ages 9-12. Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the bighorn sheep.
Bighorn Sheep: Mountain Monarchs, by Bert Gildart. 140 pages. Northword Press (September 1997) The book includes life cycle data and natural history, as well as personal observations and stories from the authors field research. Readers will learn about the status of the species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn and Desert bighorn, Dall and Stone sheep, in their various habitat regions.
Edward Marshall Boehm "Bighorn Sheep" Sculpture, From the world famous Edward Marshall Boehm studio comes a magnificant sculpture of a Bighorn Sheep. Wonderfully hand painted with tremendous detailing, this piece will make a statement in any home or office setting.