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Chasing pronghorn: Watch CPW's aerial view of the fastest land-animal in Colorado

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Aug 16, 2019

DENVER – Last week, it was bighorn sheep roaming the steep slopes of Pikes Peak, viewed through the lens of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife drone.

Now we're getting an aerial view of the fastest land-animal in the western hemisphere.

CPW officials – continuing their summer counts and surveys of wildlife across the state – took a ride in a Cessna plane this week to get a better look at the herds of pronghorn.

The pronghorn resembles an antelope, and in Colorado you'll find them over the eastern plains and in the large mountain valleys, like in South Park, southwest of Denver, where CPW spotted a herd on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As you can see on the videos below, the pronghorns can move, reaching speeds of more than 60 mph. According to CPW, the pronghorn's speed is the second-fastest in the world, trailing only the cheetah.

The CPW this week was working to classify the pronghorn herds. August is typically the best time to classify pronghorn, as the males are together in "bachelor herds" while the females are grouped with the younger pronghorn, according to CPW. Starting around mid-September, the pronghorn will breed and then give birth to fawns next May and June.