Siberian Ibex

Body Length: 130-165 cm / 4.3-5.5 ft.
Shoulder Height: 67-110 cm / 2.2-3.6 ft.
Tail Length: 10-18 cm / 4-7.2 in.
Weight: 35-130 kg / 77-286 lb.

The coat colouration varies widely across this ibex’s range.  The general colour of the pelage is a light tan, with the undersides lighter.  In winter, mature males become much darker, with varying patches of white on the neck and back.  Both sexes have a dark beard beneath the chin, although it is much less pronounced in females.  Unlike the Nubian and Walie ibexes, the Siberian ibex does not display the contrasting black and white markings on its legs.  Both sexes carry horns, and while in females they are small and slightly arched towards the rear, in males they grow into massive arcs which curl over the back and may even loop back on themselves.  A male’s horns also have several large knobs on their frontal surface.



Principally a diurnal animal, the Siberian ibex has alternating periods of resting and activity throughout the day.  Although the Siberian ibex lives at high elevations, and often climb up to the vegetation line at 5,000 meters / 16,000 feet, as a rule they seek out lower slopes during the winter.  These slopes are generally steep and southward facing, areas where snow has difficulty covering in large amounts over large stretches of time.  However, when the snow cover is heavy, Siberian ibex must find food by pawing away at the snow with their forelegs in order to reach the vegetation concealed below.  If threatened, Siberian ibex flee to steep, rocky cliffs.


On the territory of the Russian Federation Siberian ibex inhabit Siberia and the Altai.

Methods of hunting permitted for use:

  • stalking,
  • using wheel transport,
  • ambush hunting,
  • corralling,
  • using hunting dogs

Permitted hunting tools:

Hunting firearm with a rifled barrel of caliber not less than 5 mm (but not more than 10 mm) and a seating distance of at least 39 mm (using a caliber of 5.6 mm for a rim-fire cartridge is permitted only for hunting musk deer); hunting fire smooth-bore long-barreled arms, including threaded length no more than 140 mm (only using bullet cartridges); hunting firearm combined weapons (smooth-bore and rifted gun), including with rebarreling and auxiliary rifled barrels; cold bladed hunting weapon.

Hunting for a mountain goat is a common activity; since the animal is very strong, it is necessary to shoot immediately at fatal areas – under the shoulder blade or in the side. The best way to hunt for an ibex is using a rifle caliber 8-9 mm or a hunting nipple.