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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pronghorns in Wyoming

Pronghorns, like those pictured here in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park were plentiful, proud and moved freely in the early days of the American West. Their seasonal migrations from the mountains to the valleys and back have always been a tough journey, but now fences, borders, bloated rivers, and other obstacles and bottlenecks have resulted in devastating losses for this species.

Although they are not technically antelope, they are unlike deer because the have a gall bladder.


The National Geographic Young Explorer program funded photographer Joe Riis with a grant to document the 2008-2009 pronghorn migration.

Image Credit: Joe Riis/National Geographic


HorseJumper12341 said...

Wow. As a photographer, I love love love this photograph. Thanks for sharing!


The Oldest Child said...

What a great shot! The pronghorn are a favorite of mine, and deserve our attention and respect.

Anonymous said...

Haha, having lived in Wyoming for 25 years I can say that pronghorns are hardly "critically endangered"