By Charles Lohrmann
Pronghorn Ecology and Management
Pronghorn roamed most of Texas before the arrival of European settlers, but relentless hunting and encroachment radically reduced the animal’s numbers by the end of the 19th century. Since then, restoration and management programs have greatly increased the conservation community’s working knowledge of this animal. Fortunately, a lifetime of research by authors Bart W. O’Gara and Jim D. Yoakum has been assembled, along with the work of other pronghorn specialists, into the encyclopedic volume titled Pronghorn Ecology and Management (A Wildlife Management Institute Book published by the University Press of Colorado and produced in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 903 pages, $85). Even though the book’s astounding level of technical detail about the pronghorn makes it a management resource, its combination of history, conservation and more general information make it an interesting read for the naturalist as well.