National Geographic : 1898 Apr
128 THE WILD FOWL AND GAME ANIMALS OF ALASKA caught sight of them. At such times the Indian, knowing the country and the habits of the game, would run at his best speed to the opposite side of the small basin or valley and take a posi tion where he could see for some distance on all sides, for when started in this manner the moose often made a wide circuit and returned within gunshot. PALL'S MOUNTAIN SHEEP Two species of mountain sheep, quite different from one another and from the Rocky Mountain bighorn, are known in northwestern America. The first of these, a superb, snow-white animal, was described by the writer some years ago as Ovis dalli, in honor of Prof.Wm. H. Dall, the pioneer scientific explorer on the Yukon. The specimens upon which my description was based were ob tained from the Fort Reliance country by Mr L. N. McQuesten, now President of the Order of Yukon Pioneers. Dall's moun tain sheep is found over a wide area, from the low hills beyond the tree limit near the Arctic coast south across the Yukon and Kuskokwim to the Alaskan range. Last year Dr J. A. Allen de scribed another species from the headwaters of the Stikine river and named it Ovis stonei. But little is known of this handsome animal, which has a dark, almost iron-gray, coat, very different from the white of Dall's sheep. The discovery of these two sheep in northwestern America indicates that we may expect other in teresting, if less striking, new forms of animal life in the moun tains of that region.