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Pronghorns…


One of the first animals we saw “on the hoof” during our recent car trip were the pronghorns  that graze on the plains.  I have always thought that these were a member of the antelope family but I discovered that they are not antelope at all.  They are  distinguished in that they may be the second fastest land animal (to the African Cheetah).  I took this photo of a group not far off of I-70 in Utah.  There were probably about 20 of them in total.

Pronghorns grazing

8 responses

  1. That is one awesome shot! Wow! I love the composition.

    February 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

    • I saw a couple of pronghorns but couldn’t stop – then spotted these near a construction area where I could pull off – nicely highlighted with the mountains in the background.

      February 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

  2. OOOHHHHH,, LOVE it!

    February 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    • Thanks Suzanne – you could chase these guys with Bob!

      February 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      • LOL! He’s kind of a laid back guy…we wouldn’t have a chance…and I’ll say hi to Bob for you..He’d like that!

        February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  3. Jackie Cangro

    Lovely photo! I remember seeing a segment about pronghorns on television not too long ago. Their migratory patterns are one of the longest of any land mammal, but it has been disrupted by development and fences. Some of them have been outfitted with GPS so their routes can be tracked and better understood.

    February 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    • Thanks Jackie,
      It is amazing that they are not good jumpers and therefore bound by fences. I understand that some farmers and other landowners, including the government, are removing the lower parts of fences to allow their movement. They crawl under the fences instead of trying to jump.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

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