|Our view from the truck, waiting for better visibility|
|Willie Handcart Company Memorial|
We may not have seen a lot of elk, but we sure saw a lot of Pronghorn antelope. I would estimate that we saw over 1500 antelope on most of the days we were hunting. Each antelope herd consisted of about 50 to 100 animals and we usually saw more than 20 separate herds on a given day. Sometimes they stood and watched us, but usually they would take off running. It was impossible to count them all. The Pronghorn is North America's fastest land animal. Quentin told me that they can reach 55 miles per hour. Their horns are quite unique in that they shed them every year. We stopped at one point when Quentin noticed a pronghorn shed lying in the middle of the dirt road. After I had picked it up he told me that he had only found about five pronghorn sheds in his life. Amazingly, I found another one just five minutes later. They turn grey as they weather and look just like a stick on the ground. I wouldn't have been able to spot it except for the fact that I noticed it was hollow.
|Where the deer and the antelope play|
|Sage hen hiding behind a clump of sage brush|
|A white jack rabbit attempting to hide by holding still|
We probably saw about 40 wild horses, usually in groups of 5 or less. Quentin told me that they used to hold round ups to reduce the wild horse population. I had heard about programs that allowed people to adopt a wild mustang. That currently doesn't happen because some environmentalist group filed a lawsuit. I'm not sure what their objection was. Note how even the hoof print is in the photo below. Since they spend a lot of time running on rocky ground their hooves wear fairly evenly. It is all of that standing around on soft ground that makes horse shoes necessary. Based on the number of hoof prints I saw I'm thinking there are a whole lot of wild horses roaming central Wyoming.
|A Hoof Print for Hannah|