Pronghorns: Plentiful, Fast & Alone!
Often mistakenly called an antelope, the Pronghorn is actually the last surviving member of the Antilocapridae family. So, despite the striking similarities to “true” antelope of the Old World, the Pronghorn is a decidedly unique creature that is native to central and western North America. Hunting pressure in the early 20th century reduced the population of Pronghorn in the US to roughly 13,000 animals, but their numbers have since recovered to well over a half million. Anyone who has seen Pronghorn in the wild knows that they have a heightened sense of awareness and can run extremely fast. In fact, Pronghorns are generally accepted as the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. Affectionately nicknamed speed-goats, Pronghorn have been clocked at speeds ranging from 43 to 53 miles per hour. Only the cheetah is faster, however Pronghorn are able to sustain their speed much longer. Throughout much of the country I traverse, Pronghorn are so common that I frequently don’t notice them. Sometimes it takes the excitement of a tourist or visitor to remind me that this awesome creature abounds here in the northern plains. Over the past several months I have been blessed with a number of opportunities to photograph Pronghorns when they weren’t on the run, I hope you enjoy viewing them.
- The Pronghorn – The American Almost Antelope (presurfer.blogspot.com)
- The American Almost Antelope (neatorama.com)
- Pronghorn, “designed by committee” (pronghorns part I) [Tetrapod Zoology] (scienceblogs.com)