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Pronghorn (Also called Antelope)

I saw Pronghorn at the lovely Custer State Park near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota in late June, 2017.  The big deer-like animals are sometimes referred to as American Antelope or Antelope.

This herd of Pronghorn freely roam the huge pasture-lands of this state park but are mostly away from the bison.  They sometimes run near fences which is shown on one of these photographs.  The big grasslands are fenced because the bison are occasionally kept in that area in rotation.

Pronghorn eat grasses.  There are plenty of grasses for them now.  These are grazing animals.  In my experience, the Pronghorn are pretty wary of people and are most often away from roads.  I was glad to have my zoom lens!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

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Pronghorns at Custer State Park, South Dakota

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These Pronghorns were spotted in the gorgeous Custer State Park, a South Dakota state park near Custer, S. Dakota.  We drove along the “Wildlife Loop Road” in the large park.  These deer or elk-like herd animals are not antelope as many people have referred to them as.  There were several small groups of the handsome large Pronghorn roaming free (this is not a zoo), along the road and off in the distance.  These are grazing animals that eat grass and grains.  The males have a distinctive set of “Pronged” horns , which in my mind, resemble a cross between antlers and horns.

I took these pictures on June 11, 2014 in the park.  I also later saw several Pronghorn in Yellowstone National Park the next week.  There additionally were many sightings along the highways in South Dakota and in Wyoming.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  By the way, in the next few blog series, I will be highlighting various wildlife seen while I was out West in South Dakota and Wyoming.  I hope you will enjoy seeing the photographs I took.

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