Pronghorn Rut

Pronghorn Antelope, Sierra Valley (9/20/21) Michael Beatley

Pronghorn antelope are in rut in the Northern Sierra.

Plumas County color spotter Michael Beatley snapped this pronghorn off CA-70 east of Beckwourth near Sugarloaf Mountain where a herd of some 30 antelope play on the range at Sierra Valley, and the skies are not cloudy all day.

Karen Mihaylo of animals.mom.com writes, “Mating season for pronghorn antelopes lasts from September through October. Early cold weather means an early rut. Bucks separate from the other males in August, and begin hanging around the does. Male pronghorns grunt and snort, pushing and fighting other bucks to gain the females’ attention.”

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