Evaluating the Influence of Wind Energy on the Movement, Distribution, and Habitat Quality of Pronghorn

Although Wyoming has approximately half of the world’s total population of pronghorn, factors influencing local herds have been little studied. We propose to study the effects of wind energy development on the movement of pronghorn that winter in Shirley Basin south to the town of Medicine Bow. The broad objective of this 6-year study is to evaluate whether pronghorn change their seasonal movements or winter habitat use in response to wind energy development. Study results will aid wildlife managers to evaluate likely impacts and explore potential solutions to minimize habitat loss for wintering pronghorn.


The project began in March 2018 and anticipated results 2025.

Funding & Partners

Wyoming Game and Fish Department ∙ Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition ∙ Invenergy/PacifiCorp