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Old 07-25-2014, 11:27 AM   #15
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Pronghorns are commonly called "Prairie Goats", "Speed Goats", or simply "goats" for this reason (as well as their resemblance to domesticated goats.)
The term "pronghorn antelope", is a misnomer. They are related to goats, not antelope.
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Pronghorns are commonly called "Prairie Goats", "Speed Goats", or simply "goats" for this reason (as well as their resemblance to domesticated goats.)
The term "pronghorn antelope", is a misnomer. They are related to goats, not antelope.
Having spent 25+ years in and about NW Wyoming, I've never heard Pronghorns called goats. Perhaps it's a regional thing. William Clark, in his journal remarked in 1804: "In my walk I Killed a Buck Goat of this Countrey, about the hight of the Grown Deer, its body Shorter... the Colour is a light gray with black behind its ears down its neck... Verry actively made, has only a pair of hoofs to each foot, his brains on the back of his head, his Norstrals large, his eyes like a Sheep he is more like the Antilope or Gazella of Africa than any other Species of Goat." In 1815 they were identified as: Subfamily: Antilocaprinae Genus: Antilocapra Species: Antilocapra americana. Their subfamily and genus name comes from the science nomenclature: Antilo = antelope; capro = male goat. They have been determined to be neither goat or antelope related, but a unique species only found in North America. Genetically, they have more in common with giraffes than any other group.

Bison are mistakingly called buffalo, even overheard a father telling his son that deer grew up to be elk then mature to moose. (!?) It's not uncommon to have people call big horn sheep 'mountain goats.' Twice I've encountered people ranting at the waste of tax money to replant the trees after the '88 Yellowstone fires. (Actually, Lodgepole pines often have serotinous cones, that don't open until after fire are responsible for the reseeding.)

As a science teacher and guide in and about the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, I've encountered much misinformation about regional botany, zoology, and geology.
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Goat, deer, antelope - whatever they are - as long as they will stay still long enough to take a photograph, I'm happy! Thanks for all the info.
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And which Mirror Lake is that??:what: There are many...
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And which Mirror Lake is that??:what: There are many...
It on the west side in the high Uintas Foreset just East of Kamas, UT
on highway 150.
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It on the west side in the high Uintas Foreset just East of Kamas, UT
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.... Our two main stops will be at Grand Teton NP and the Grand Canyon, but since we will have 5 weeks at our disposal ... I am currently looking at Flaming Gorge Res...
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I spent the summer of '01 at the North Rim, GCNP, as a fee ranger with at least one good long hike a week for training (lost 50 lbs) ... and went back for the summer of '05 so I could see the rest of it!

Spent six weeks in the Tetons/Yellow Stone area... and went back two years later for four more weeks to see more of it! Nothing like being there and seeing moose frolicking in the first snow of the season. (OK, moose don't frolic, but you get the idea.)

Flaming Gorge was a drive by for us. Actually left with a day left on the campsite in the south end state park. Time of year? Maybe!

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PS: getting old and memory goes! Enjoyed Flaming Gorge, it was Riverton to Thermoplis that was the drive by for us!
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