Antelope On The Run
Wildlife Fine Art
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Antelope on the Run in Yellowstone national Park. Fall is a good time to watch them because of the rut activity. The pronghorn is adapted well for outrunning its enemies, its over sized windpipe and heart allow large amounts of oxygen and blood to be carried to and from its unusually large lungs. Pronghorn can sustain sprints up to 60 mph and sustain 30 mph for miles they can also spring 20 feet in a single leap. Such speed, together with keen vision, make the adults difficult prey for any natural predator. Pronghorns are more secure in the open where their superior eyesight allows them to spot danger at long distances.Antelope ear length is usually 5.5″ to 6″ in length, so you can judge the size of its horns by that. Pronghorn are unique in that they rarely jump fences, even poorly designed fences can close a migration route, and the animals don't seek an alternate route, they just stop migrating. Instead, they go under the bottom wire, or find a spot where the fence has been damaged, allowing them to get through. In winter, the antelope migrate out of the park to the north and onto ranch lands which are lower in elevation and have less snow for better grazing.
November 29th, 2016
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