Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)

Detailed Description

Admired by Lewis and Clark for their speed and endurance, the pronghorn can power across prairies and deserts at speeds clocking 60 mph. As the only antelope-like species on the North American continent, the pronghorn is also economically important. Pronghorn hunting contributes over $9 million annually to New Mexico’s economy alone. Yet in the arid Southwest, North America’s fastest land mammal is in decline – and drought may be partially to blame. Scientists with the USGS National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center are examining whether changes in temperature and precipitation are linked to pronghorn population declines and modeling how the region’s pronghorn will fare under future climate conditions.


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