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- n. A bearded reddish sheep, Ovis orientalis (alternatively Ovis orientalis vignei or Ovis vignei), endemic to southern Asia, being a wild ancestor of domestic sheep.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild sheep, Ovis vignei, of northern India, some-what resembling the bighorn.
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- n. bearded reddish sheep of southern Asia
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The Suleiman markhor, Afghan urial, and Ladahk urial are listed as endangered, and the Chiltan wild goat is indicated as critically endangered on IUCN's Red List of threatened animals database.
They include markhor (Capra falconeri), ibex (Capra ibex), and urial (Ovis orientalis).
Three species of goitered gazelles, the Chiltan wild goat, and the Afghan urial are considered vulnerable.
The third large ungulate in Badghyz is the wild sheep, or urial (Ovis (orientalis) vignei varentsovi) which was heavily hunted but remains common within the Badghyz Reserve (the most recent estimates approve about 700, no more then 1,000 animals).
Wild sheep or urial (Ovis (vignei) orientalis) lives in the arid mountains and foothills within two protected areas (less then 2,000 animals).
Their numbers during the last surveys were not higher than 300-400 animals for markhor, and 300 for urial.
The wild sheep, or Bukhara urial (Ovis vignei bocharensis) and markhor goat (Capra falconeri) occur in the southern spurs of the Gissar range (Kugitang, Baisuntau, and Babatag mountains).
In addition, urial faces threats from loss of habitat and grazing land due to competition from flocks of domestic livestock as the majority of land in the ecoregion is used for sheep pastures, in some areas year-round.
The diversity of fauna is equally rich and includes threatened species such as snow leopards, Siberian ibex, Bukhara urial, and numerous birds, fishes, reptiles, and amphibians.
In note 58 he pointed out that at some places the urial, the wild sheep, is also included in the 'mayaro'.