Trans Pecos pronghorn have made the news a lot lately, largely because the charismatic animals have staged a dramatic comeback from historic lows reached just a few years ago.
Unique on the planet, and neither deer nor goat nor antelope, the pronghorn occupies its own family, and is its sole surviving species worldwide. Pronghorn range extends throughout all four American Southwest deserts, and from Saskatchewan, Canada, south into Mexico.
Pronghorn population in the Big Bend area now stands at around 6,000, up from a low of fewer than 3,000 in 2012. The agency’s ultimate goal is to see the population increase to its pre-2008 count of 10,000-12,000, and Gray expressed optimism that pronghorn might exceed those numbers.