Wildlife Wednesdays: Steptoe Valley WMA

The pronghorn, (Antilocapra americana).

It’s Wildlife Wednesday, which means it’s time to detail another one of Nevada’s beautiful Wildlife Management Areas! Take the opportunity to explore one of these state-protected areas and see for yourself the benefits and majesty of natural, undeveloped land.

Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area is a 6,400 acre pocket just south of Ely in White Pine County, Nevada. It only recently became protected in the year 2000, after a decades-long interest in acquisition of the area by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), but important work has already been done. Wetland restoration was completed on the north side of Steptoe Valley WMA in 2008 through an NDOW partnership with various conservation groups, creating 13 seasonal ponds and restoring some function to the wetlands within.

The pronghon (Antilocapra americana) population has recovered in the area thanks to concerted management efforts. The pronghorn is the fastest land animal on the continent and can reach speeds of up to 55 mph. Large herds are an awesome sight in the winter when males and females come together. Pronghorns can be seen in Steptoe Valley WMA during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

So what’re you waiting for? There’s miles of land and a bounty of animals all around you — you just have to know where to go!

Aaron Huelsman

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