Look at that cute little one! Isn’t it precious? I was scrolling through some older pics this AM and came across this one that I hadn’t shared before. It isn’t often you get a chance to photograph a pronghorn baby so this was a fun one from last June.
We were camping on Colorado’s far eastern plains and as is the norm, the rest of my crew was opting to sleep in. I, on the other hand, headed out to see what I could find and happened across these two. The fawn was probably no more than a week or two old and, obviously, much smaller than its mom.
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.