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Pronghorn buck pauses to have its picture taken

My, what a handsome fellow this guy was. He was out walking through a recently harvested wheat field and was kind enough to give me a few captures. Those horns of his are some of the biggest I have seen on one.

Pronghorn (often incorrectly called antelope) are the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere and second in the world only to the Cheetah. They can sprint at speeds up to 60mph and run for extraordinarily long distances at slower speeds.

Before the arrival of western Europeans, it is believed as many as 40 million of them roamed the open rangelands of North America – possibly more than there were bison. Hunting and fragmentation of their habitat by fences and human settlements took its toll and as few as 20,000 remained at the start of the 20th century. Thankfully conservation and education saved them from extinction and they now number almost 1 million.

A Pronghorn Buck walks across a recently harvested wheat field in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Pronghorn Buck walks across a recently harvested wheat field in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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