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Prairie Ghost

Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America

by Richard E. McCabe, Henry M. Reeves, and Bart W. O'Gara

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illustrations by Daniel P. Metz

A Wildlife Management Institute Book

Winner of the Wildlife Society's Outstanding Book Award for 2005

"Thorough and well-written, this work intertwines the importance of the pronghorn in the cultures of prehistoric and historic Native Americans and more recently, Europeans. . . . The book is lavishly illustrated with sketches and photographs of pronghorns in ancient pictographs and real life. . . . nearly 20 color plates by various artists show the fascination that this species holds for many people for purely aesthetic reasons."
—Choice Magazine

"A beautiful, unique, and valuable historical work. . . . Despite the thoroughness of [the authors'] research, which is based on a bibliography of over seven hundred sources, and the sheer quantity of detailed information they present, Prairie Ghost remains a lively read to the end."
—Environmental History

"I recommend this book especially for the richness of its documentary voice . . . this is an intensely firsthand tale, and the authors are generous in letting the witnesses to several centuries of pronghorn history speak for themselves. . . . You will find Prairie Ghost an incomparable overview of the changing fates of this important and beautiful animal."
—Paul Schullery, Yellowstone National Park, Montana: The Magazine of Western History

"Wonderful photographs, drawings and paintings abound . . . just the captions and explanation on the illustrations are worth one's time."
—Wyoming Library Roundup


In this lavishly illustrated volume Richard E. McCabe, Bart W. O'Gara, and Henry M. Reeves explore the fascinating relationship of pronghorn with people in early America, from prehistoric evidence through the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. The only one of fourteen pronghorn-like genera to survive the great extinction brought on by human migration into North America, the pronghorn has a long and unique history of interaction with humans on the continent, a history that until now has largely remained unwritten.

With nearly 150 black-and-white photographs, sixteen pages of color illustrations, plus original artwork by Daniel P. Metz, Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America tells the intriguing story of humans and these elusive big game mammals in an informative and entertaining fashion that will appeal to historians, biologists, sportsmen, and the general reader alike.


Richard E. McCabe is executive vice president of the Wildlife Management Institute in Washington, D.C., and has written extensively on ethnozoology.

Henry M. Reeves, retired, was a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He resides in Oregon, and is well-known and respected for his natural history research and writing.

The late Bart W. O'Gara led the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Montana, Missoula.

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  • Ebook Price: $18.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-111-8
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Illustrations: 18 color photos, 119 b&w photos, 10 line drawings, 17 tables
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Richard E. McCabe, Henry M. Reeves, and Bart W. O'Gara
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-954-4
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