It’s incredible that herds of this size are still roaming wild in the 21st century.
Pronghorns are often referred to as antelope due to their resemblance, but they are actually a completely separate species from those who roam the African plains. Oddly enough, their closest living relative is the giraffe, despite being less than 5 feet long and weighing around 100 pounds.
They are the last remaining of the 11 members of the Antilocapridae family that were native to the United States and are the fastest mammal in the western hemisphere.
Pronghorns are found all across the western states, from Montana to California and all the way down to Texas, with an estimated total population of 1.1 million, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife. However, Wyoming is where you can find the United States’ largest population. So much so, that there is actually more pronghorn than people in Wyoming.
And drivers in Wyoming late last year were treated to an incredible sight when a massive herd of pronghorn started moving across a snow covered road.
There were hundreds, if not thousands, prancing together in search of suitable land and it really makes you think what the world looked like before people started building highways and cities.
If this isn’t proof the west is still wild, I don’t know what is.