Driving on CO-257 into Windsor is always a beautiful sight. Day or night, the foothills serve as a gorgeous backdrop to sprawling farmland, neighborhoods and Windsor Lake.

I've driven this route daily for more than five years, and while I'm totally used to seeing horses, cows and sheep in the fields, yesterday was the first time I have ever seen a herd of pronghorns off the side of the road.

A little after 4 p.m. on December 9, there were at least 50, if not more, of the white-bellied antelope, grazing in the field on the west side of CO-257, just beyond the fence.

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According to the Colorado Sun, it can be pretty normal to see pronghorns in certain areas of state, like Colorado Springs, but other than in Wyoming and at the Wildlife Arsenal, I've never seen them roaming anywhere else in Northern Colorado.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife say that pronghorns will migrate for miles if they run out of food, which could be why they made their way to a grassy field in Windsor.

The building of new subdivisions is also pushing these animals out of their usual areas.

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Pronghorns usually live in grasslands and have the reputation for being North America’s fastest land mammal – with the ability to run up to 65 mph.

They are herbivores and mainly eat grass, vegetation, cacti, and shrubs.