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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tuckerm

tuckerm - Mar 14, 2007 3:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Artist

That is a beautiful shot. You are very talented.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 14, 2007 5:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Artist

Thank you ... so are you !!!

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Mar 16, 2007 7:22 pm - Voted 10/10

Awesome shot...

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

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 16, 2007 8:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome shot...

Hey ...
Thanks for the info ... very interesting. Besides being fast, they're beautiful.
Peace, Jim

Lodewijk

Lodewijk - Sep 3, 2007 2:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Great

Great Pic! and thanks for attaching it to my album! Cheers Lodewijk

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Sep 3, 2007 9:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great

You're welcome ... good idea for an album.
Peace, Jim

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Sep 3, 2007 11:05 pm - Voted 10/10

This picture...

is so underappreciated and it deserves a gold medal in wildlife action shots. I wish I could vote again.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Sep 4, 2007 9:34 am - Hasn't voted

Re: This picture...

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

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 3, 2007 4:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Seing Them Run ...

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.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Oct 3, 2007 5:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Seing Them Run ...

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

lcarreau

lcarreau - May 26, 2008 8:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Sorry I didn't see

this sooner, Jim. Beautiful animals!
Don't quote me, but I believe they're
extending their range into northern UT.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - May 27, 2008 10:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Sorry I did see

Thanks. They've been there for quite awhile. I've seen them in several different locations throughout Utah.
Peace, Jim

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