Mountain Wildlife – February 2014
The Circle Ranch contains the southeast corner of the Sierra Diablo Mountains. These rise 2,500-feet from the floor of the Chihuahuan Desert to an elevation of 6,500-feet. Here are photos of pronghorn, bighorn and mule deer in the high elevations. These were taken in February, 2014.
The dead trees and yucca are remnants of a range fire that burned through 20-years ago. Our deserts are so dry that dead plants – grass included – will stand, unrotted for decades: a physiological reality that has broad implications in proper range management.
Here we see a group of pronghorn on open grassland. This is where pronghorn are usually seen in far-West Texas. The tree chollas are an important source of pronghorn food.
This is an old buck.
Young buck, probably 4-1/2 years old. He is using a pinyon pine for cover.
Another young buck using pinyon pine for cover.
Pronghorn in high mountains.
Mule deer does and bucks in pinyon-juniper mountain woodlands.
Desert bighorn sheep – using pinyon and juniper – at 6,400-feet.