This is what my daughter Jessie called Antelope. Usually, when I share the name with others, their pronunciation also changes. Somehow these unique critters are more special and need a special name.
Others call them “Stinkgoats”, “Speedgoats”, or “Lopes”! Whatever name you chose probably comes with a story or two. The “Antilocapra americana” is not truly related to any of the other 91 species of antelope found in Africa.
Antelopes are a unique species. They are not a true antelope, or a deer. Their habits, features, hair, and features are unlike any other wild critter. They evolved in North America and are not related to any other global antelope.
Most folks never get to smell them. Antelope are simply something to look at as they travel the interstates and highways of the west. Speed is one of their best skills. These critters can run!
Pronghorns are the second fastest critter on the Earth. Second only to a Cheetah. Therefore, they have survived the Super predators from over 1 million years ago. Lopes can easily jog along at 30-40 mph for long distances. In a sprint, they can reach speeds of 60 mph.
These hollow haired critters can also survive extreme cold temperatures. They survive on eating lichens, sage, grass and agricultural crops and grains.
A healthy Antelope can weigh 90-120 lbs. Both ewes and bucks carry permanent horns that shed a sheath annually. Horns can grow to 20 inches tall but anything over 15 inches is a trophy. Antelope live around 10 years in the wild but can live to 20 years in captivity.
A Lope can see a long way! Their eyesight is amazing. It is because of their great vision and speed that they have survived for over a million years. Archery season for lopes is going on now. Locate a water source and set up a blind. With plenty of patience, you may get a shot.
What a great treasure for our Treasure State!
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