Ibex Facts | Switzerland Wildlife Guide
Females have smaller horns with annual rings closer together, making it difficult to determine their age. Males and females live separately from each other, with horn length and strength determining the order in the male hierarchy. One lead female holds the dominant position in a female herd, but leadership is not determined by the same characteristics as for males. Both male and female herds migrate long distances from summer to winter ranges. Their rutting season begins in December but posturing and rivalry can begin as early as the summer months. Both males and females gather at common areas for the rut.
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