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American BisonA Natural History$
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Dale Lott, Jan van Wagtendonk, and Kevin Shaffer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233386

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233386.001.0001

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Pronghorn

Pronghorn

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(p.120) Chapter 13 Pronghorn
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American Bison
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Dale F. Lott

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0013

A pronghorn is picky — and has to be. Small bodies need less food, but they also need better food: more protein, fewer carbohydrates, less lignin. The pronghorns' perspective on forbs makes their relationship to a grassland very different from the bison's. For the bison, it's just grass going on forever, but for the pronghorn there are patches of forbs growing among the grasses. Pronghorn territoriality on the National Bison Range seems to have died a demographic death in 1978–79. But in most species in most situations, the abundance and distribution of food are crucial determinants of territoriality.

Keywords:   pronghorn, bison, grassland, forb, pronghorn territoriality, National Bison Range

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