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Speedy Pronghorn
Pronghorns at full speed.
Antilocapra americana

The Pronghorn is the only living member of its family.

It is the fastest land mammal in the world. It can sprint as fast as 60 mph and can sustain a speed of 30 mph for miles! The African Cheetah is often credited with being the fastest, but it is only a sprinter who flags out after a few hundred yards. No other land mammal can keep up with the Pronghorn over a long distance.

When they encounter a fence a Pronghorn will usually crawl under it! They seldom jump over one.

Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado.

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tuckermGreat Artist

tuckerm

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That is a beautiful shot. You are very talented.
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:38 pm

Mountain JimRe: Great Artist

Mountain Jim

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Thank you ... so are you !!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 5:00 pm

Dan DaltonAwesome shot...

Dan Dalton

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do you know why they are the '2nd' fastest land mammal on earth? Evolution baby... Neogene deposits in Southern Colorado show pronghorn fossils being found with... cheetah fosssils! That's right, the african cousin lived in North America not too long ago, before the last round of ice ages. The pronghorns live on and now the cheetahs are gone.

Dan
Posted Mar 16, 2007 7:22 pm

Mountain JimRe: Awesome shot...

Mountain Jim

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Hey ...
Thanks for the info ... very interesting. Besides being fast, they're beautiful.
Peace, Jim
Posted Mar 16, 2007 8:20 pm

LodewijkGreat

Lodewijk

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Great Pic! and thanks for attaching it to my album! Cheers Lodewijk
Posted Sep 3, 2007 2:17 pm

Mountain JimRe: Great

Mountain Jim

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You're welcome ... good idea for an album.
Peace, Jim
Posted Sep 3, 2007 9:54 pm

Anya JingleThis picture...

Anya Jingle

Voted 10/10

is so underappreciated and it deserves a gold medal in wildlife action shots. I wish I could vote again.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 11:05 pm

Mountain JimRe: This picture...

Mountain Jim

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Thanks, Anya. As you know, sometimes you're in the right place at the right time with your camera, and you get lucky.
Peace, Jim
Posted Sep 4, 2007 9:34 am

Mark DoironSeing Them Run ...

Mark Doiron

Voted 10/10

Seeing them run is both fascinating and rare; they mostly just stand around whenever I come across them. But capturing them running in a photo? Wonderful! --mark d.
Posted Oct 3, 2007 4:32 pm

Mountain JimRe: Seing Them Run ...

Mountain Jim

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Thanks, Mark ... they're so fast I had to pan the camera with them ... that's why the background is a little blurred.
Peace, Jim
Posted Oct 3, 2007 5:45 pm

lcarreauSorry I didn't see

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

this sooner, Jim. Beautiful animals!
Don't quote me, but I believe they're
extending their range into northern UT.
Posted May 26, 2008 8:39 pm

Mountain JimRe: Sorry I did see

Mountain Jim

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Thanks. They've been there for quite awhile. I've seen them in several different locations throughout Utah.
Peace, Jim
Posted May 27, 2008 10:04 am

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Mountain JimSubmitted by Mountain Jim
on Mar 13, 2007 12:51 pm

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