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Pronghorn Not Antelope… in the Jackson Hole Valley

Posted by on September 15, 2015

Okay so we have all heard the song

“Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam
Where the Deer and the Antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not cloudy all day”

 

Well the truth is these are NOT Antelope… Nope, In fact there have never been Antelopes in North America at least since humans arrived here..  Unless one escaped from a Zoo.   These are Pronghorn.  If you are looking for antelopes try Asia or Africa.  While that may be a fact, expect to read about Antelope and Pronghorn in the same article referring to only one species. It gets very confusing for sure.

They are among the speediest animals in North America. They can run at more than 53 miles an hour, leaving pursuing coyotes and bobcats in the dust. Pronghorns are also great distance runners that can travel for miles at half that speed.

Both sexes have beautifully sculpted black, backward-curving horns. The horns split to form forward-pointing prongs that give the species its name. Some animals have horns that are more than a foot long.

These guys are really timid. Very hard to get a shot of them unless they have their head in the grass eating.  Try to get very close to take a picture and they are off and running. So my Pronghorn photos are very few.

 

 

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