KALISPELL - Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is set to host a public viewing of the pending world-record ram on Friday at its Kalispell headquarters
FWP made the announcement earlier this month that through conservation partnerships and critical habitat restoration, Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake produced the largest ram in the world.
The Boone & Crockett Club on Feb. 7 confirmed that a 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes at the state park is pending as the new world-record bighorn sheep.
The ram was officially measured at the club’s headquarters in Missoula and received an official entry score of 216-3/8 points. The new score shatters the previous record by nearly 7 inches.
FWP will offer the public a chance to see this historic wildlife monument at an upcoming public viewing. FWP spokesman Dillon Tabish says it's a historic moment in Montana history.
"Come check out this monument, this historic moment and help us celebrate the conservation partnership, the critical habitat work, public lands," Tabish said. "This is a neat moment to be a part of history and we would love everyone to come to our office here in Kalispell and get a glimpse at history."
The ram’s horns and skull will be on display at FWP’s headquarters in Kalispell which is located at 490 North Meridian between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday.
The pending world record will be certified by a special panel of senior Boone & Crockett officials who will verify all the ram’s entry score measurements in early March in Bozeman.