Earlier this month, the Boone and Crockett Club announced certifying a set of horns belonging to a bighorn sheep killed in a highway collision in Alberta as the new world record. The organization’s official measurers say the curls score 209 4/8 points, which is just large enough to best the old record, a sheep also from Alberta, which scored 208 3/8.
A statement from Boone and Crockett said a local rancher that was familiar with the record ram found the dead animal on his property and obtained a possession permit from the Alberta Fish & Wildlife.
“This ram and a younger ram lived on the ranch where I’ve worked since 2009. The older ram would go down to the highway a couple times a month, but the younger ram would rarely follow. We always wondered if one of these trips to the highway would be his last,” the rancher said.
Boone and Crockett Club prides itself on the fact that it doesn’t only evaluate record-sized animals harvested by hunters—the organization accepts potential record submissions from animals that are legally acquired or found because it helps paint a more accurate portrait of native North American big game species as a whole. Other “picked up” world records include the reigning non-typical whitetail deer, tule elk, black bear, grizzly bear, and Pacific walrus.
Additionally, five of the top 10 record-sized bighorn sheep have all come from Alberta. The new record holder was estimated to be 14 years old.