American pronghorn (antelope)
Description: Pronghorns are the fastest land mammal in North America. They can run at more than 53 miles (86 kilometers) an hour and across great distances. Many people in Idaho refer to these animals as “pronghorned antelope.”
Pronghorns have a tan upper body and legs, but they have a lighter brown to white lower body. They also have a black band around their snout, a black nose, and black neck patch. If you can see the black band, you are looking at a pronghorn, not a deer.
Habitat: Thousands of pronghorns live on BLM lands, as they like to eat grasses, sagebrush, and other desert plants. They can also survive in very hot temperatures (up to 130 degrees!) or very cold temperatures (50 below zero!), making them an ideal rangeland-dwelling creature.
Food: Grasses, sagebrush, and other rangeland plants.
Fun Facts: Both male and female pronghorns have horns. The sheaths of these horns are made of hair and are shed every year. The horns have forward-pointing prongs; that’s why they are called pronghorns.