KALISPELL – Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks celebrated the pending world-record ram produced in northwest Montana by hosting a public viewing Friday at its Kalispell headquarters.

Dozens of high school students from Columbia Falls got the opportunity to leave their classrooms to see the historic wildlife Monument up close.

FWP announced earlier this month through conservation partnerships and critical habitat restoration, Wild Horse Island State Park on Flathead Lake produced the largest ram in the world.

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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 shattered the previous record by nearly 7″. Students on Friday were stunned by just how big the ram’s horns and skull are.

“How big the horns are, I thought that was really cool because I never seen a bighorn sheep that big before,” said Columbia Falls junior Thomas Peters.

“Coming here and seeing how big that thing is, that it could be the pending world record, I thought it was pretty cool,” added Columbia Falls freshman Cashia Bakers.

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 Bozeman next.

Reporting by Nicole Miller for MTN News