• A bull elk bugles in Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris, Expect 30-minute Delays

    The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. More »

Pronghorn

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) group
Pronghorn herd
NPS/Peaco
 
The North American pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is the surviving member of a group of animals that evolved in North America during the past 20 million years. It is not a true antelope, which is found in Africa and southeast Asia. The use of the term "antelope" seems to have originated when the first written description of the animal was made during the 1804–1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn more...

Quick Facts about Pronghorn in Yellowstone
  • Approximately 200 to 350 migratory animals in Yellowstone.
  • Can run for sustained sprints of 45 to 50 mph.
  • Average lifespan 7 to 10 years.
  • The herd winters between the North Entrance and Reese Creek, spends summer in Lamar Valley or near the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana.
  • Both sexes have horns, males' horns are pronged.
  • Shed their horn sheath each year--the only horned animal known to do this.
Additional Resources

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.