Information about: Chamois

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Chamois. A genus of hoofed mammals intermediate between the goats and the antelopes, and containing but one species, Rupicapra tragus. Its home is in the high mountains of southern Emope. Its horns, which are about six or seven inches long, are round, almost smooth, perpendicular and straight until near the tip, where they suddenly terminate in a hook directed backward and downward. Its hair is brown in winter, brown fawn color in summer, and grayish in spring. The head is of a pale yellow color with a black band from the nose to the ears and surrounding the eyes. The tail is black. Its agility, the nature of its haunts, and its powers of smell render its pursuit an exceedingly difficult and hazardous occupation.