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More Pronghorn Than People

A successful hunt on the Wyoming prairie.

Photo: A successful hunt on the Wyoming prairie, undated. American Heritage Center collections.

The first scientific description of the pronghorn came from the journey of Lewis and Clark. In 1804 Clark gathered the first pronghorn and called it a Buck Goat. In his journal he described it as something like a sheep or goat but more like an “Antilope or Gazelle of Africa…” In 1818, famous naturalist, George Ord acquired Clark’s pronghorn and gave it the scientific name, Antilocapra Americana.

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