A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Mon, 5 Feb '24
Rocky Mountain ___ (state animal of Utah)
Wed, 6 Dec '23
Herd at Yellowstone
Tue, 21 Nov '23
Mammal with a white rump
Sun, 5 Nov '23
Part of a Western herd
Mon, 30 Oct '23
Beast sighted in the Rockies
Wed, 12 Jul '23
Rocky Mountain National Park sight
Sun, 18 Jun '23
Beef alternative in burgers
Wed, 15 Mar '23
Sight at Rocky Mountain National Park
Tue, 28 Feb '23
Yellowstone herd animal
Sun, 8 Jan '23
Rocky Mountain bugler
Tue, 29 Nov '22
Forest ranger?
Wed, 16 Nov '22
Big game
Sun, 8 May '22
Yellowstone sight
Thu, 10 Feb '22
Game measured by its number of points
Wed, 12 Jan '22
Animal facing a moose on Michigan's flag
Mon, 10 Jan '22
Antlered animal
Tue, 18 May '21
Cousin of a caribou
Sun, 9 May '21
Wyoming's National ___ Refuge
Wed, 6 Jan '21
Game with antlers
Tue, 29 Dec '20
Rocky Mountain National Park sighting