Pronghorns have sagebrush in their blood, distance in their eyes and hot western wind in their nostrils. — Gary Turbak, Pronghorn: Portrait of the American Antelope
Long renowned for their speed, the pronghorn antelope, by its tenacious presence, has become for many a symbol of the West. In September 1804, Meriwether Lewis recorded an early impression:
I had this day the opportunity of witnessing the agility and the superior fleetness of this animal which to me was really astonishing…it appeared rather the rapid flight of birds than the motion of quadrupeds.
If you would like to learn more about pronghorn, an excellent place to begin is John A. Byers’ Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn (pictured above). This book is not only an up-close study of pronghorn by one of our leading field biologists, it’s also an evocative look at the grasslands of the West.
And here’s a few more!
Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America by Richard E. McCabe, et al, American Pronghorn: Social Adaptations and the Ghosts of Predators Past by John A. Byers, Pronghorn: Ecology and Management by Bart O’Gara, et al, Pronghorn: Portrait of the American Antelope by Gary Turbak (pictured below).