Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pronghorn Antelopes in New Mexico

We saw a lot of pronghorn antelopes Tuesday when we returned to New Mexico across Raton Pass and down I-25. They are all over northeastern New Mexico. The week before when we lere leaving New Mexico we saw them as far east as Clayton.

The pronghorns (Antilocapra americana), are known for being exceptionally fast runners, and are accepted to be the fastest land mammal in America, often running in a leaping gait called a pronk. They are generally found in grassland areas, which I guess accounts for their large numbers in the NE part of the state.

Here are some grazing pronghorns that we saw along I-25 just north of Wagon Mound on Tuesday:

1 comment:

Buck said...

Great pics, Sharon. I'm also taken by the color of the grass in these pics and your Wagon Mound pics, too.