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Pronghorn doe enjoys a relaxing morning in the Colorado plains

It sure isn’t often you find one of these wary creatures laying down. They usually see you coming from a long way away and start retreating immediately. This particular lady was the exception, letting me roll right up and snap some pictures as she laid down on the prairie.

I saw quite a number of these speed demons this past weekend, mostly does but a few bucks. I had hoped to find some new fawns but didn’t have any luck this time.

Before the arrival of western Europeans, it is believed as many as 40 million Pronghorn 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 doe takes a rest not long after sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Pronghorn doe takes a rest not long after sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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