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#6398196 - 08/07/16 07:07 PM Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas
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Pronghorn in Far West Texas are making a comeback thanks to a years-long restoration effort, with new data showing the animals’ numbers have bounced back from historic lows just a few years ago.

Researchers at Sul Ross State University in Alpine have been working to restore pronghorn populations after they dropped to an alarming low of about 2,000 across the Trans-Pecos region around 2009.

They’ve been relocating groups of the animals into the region from the panhandle, where they’re more abundant.

In the 1980’s, about 17,000 pronghorn roamed the area, and while the numbers still aren’t anywhere near that again, Dr. Whitney Gann with the Borderlands Research Institute said things are looking better.



“We are just above 5,000, so in just the past six or seven years, we’ve doubled that number and we’re still growing,” she said.

Gann says the pronghorn’s decline in recent decades was due to a number of factors, ranging from fencing methods that obstructed their movement, to invasive species of brush that harmed some of the grasses they eat.

In this desert part of Texas, drought has also been a big problem.

“And unfortunately, in the past 20-30 years, we’ve had a period of increased drought frequencies,” Gann said, “and that kinda came to a head in 2011 with one of the worst droughts on record in the region.”

Researchers are encouraged by the most recent data, which showed a 90% survival rate for the latest round of the animals they relocated to the Marfa area. That’s a rate Gann says is “unheard of” in her field.

The researchers aim to relocate more pronghorn to the area early next year.
http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/pronghorn-making-a-comeback-in-far-west-texas/
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#6398296 - 08/07/16 08:24 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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We saw several groups along with a near record book buck around alpine and marathon back in March
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#6398307 - 08/07/16 08:40 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Speed goat is high on my list.
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#6398856 - 08/08/16 11:01 AM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Speed goat is high on my list.


Go to Wyoming they are infested with them
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#6398902 - 08/08/16 11:32 AM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I have three from Wyoming and two from west texas. The Wyoming ones are much larger.
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#6399233 - 08/08/16 03:45 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Good news.
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#6399266 - 08/08/16 04:06 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Excellent news. Thanks for posting.
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#6399320 - 08/08/16 04:42 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: Mr. T.]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
I have three from Wyoming and two from west texas. The Wyoming ones are much larger.


Horns, body, or both?
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#6399344 - 08/08/16 04:54 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Outstanding effort by good people doing the right. texas cowboy
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#6399358 - 08/08/16 05:02 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
I have three from Wyoming and two from west texas. The Wyoming ones are much larger.


Horns, body, or both?


Body size are the same from what I saw.
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#6400730 - 08/09/16 03:12 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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And some more information on there come back

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Pronghorn antelope populations are gradually being rebuilt in the Trans-Pecos region through a relocation program.

By Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Posted: Yesterday 2:05 p.m. 💬0   ✉ ⎙

The continuation of the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project progressed with another successful relocation of 112 pronghorn in late January.

The animals were captured from healthy populations around Dalhart and moved to an area northwest of Marfa to supplement severely depleted pronghorn populations.

The relocation process was coordinated among the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University (BRI), Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and USDA-Wildlife Services. Quicksilver Air, Inc. conducted the capture.

The objective of the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project is to bolster pronghorn populations that reached historic lows. The program includes translocations, habitat improvements and predator management.

At least 17,000 pronghorn once roamed the West Texas region; in 2012 there were estimated to be less than 3,000. However, during last summer's TPWD aerial survey effort, over 6,000 were calculated. With the help of Mother Nature, translocations, and other management actions, populations are bouncing back in this region of Texas. The Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Program is a $1.4 million public-private partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. To date, $854,000 has been secured.

Translocations also occurred in January and February of 2011, 2013 and 2014. Survival of the transplanted animals was low in 2011 (20 percent), but was significantly better in 2013 (80 percent), and 2014 (70 percent). Historic drought severely impacted survival in 2011, while good range conditions and more intensive management actions lead to much higher survival in 2013 and 2014. Over the last three years, herds that received transplanted pronghorn have done well and have had above average fawn production.

"We hope populations in our restoration areas will continue to grow and become another source for pronghorn in the next few years to help supplement other herds in the Trans-Pecos," said Shawn Gray, TPWD Mule Deer and Pronghorn Program Leader.

At the capture site, workers took each animal's temperature to monitor stress, along with blood and fecal samples for disease surveillance. The pronghorn also received a mild sedative to minimize stress related to capture and transport. Ear tags were attached for identification. Seventy of the captured pronghorn were fitted with radio collars, including 50 GPS collars programmed to collect GPS locations every three hours. One year post-release, the GPS collars will automatically drop from the animals and be retrieved by researchers to download and analyze the GPS data.

After processing, the pronghorn were moved by trailer to the release site northwest of Marfa.

"The capture could not have gone any smoother," said Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director and Sul Ross professor of Natural Resource Management. "The pronghorn were in excellent shape and traveled really well."

During the next year, the BRI and TPWD will closely monitor the translocated pronghorn to determine survival, reproductive productivity, fawn survival, habitat utilization and movements.

"We sincerely appreciate all the cooperation and support from our partners and the Dalhart and Trans-Pecos communities," stated Gray. "Their continued support will ensure pronghorn herds in the Trans-Pecos will recover and thrive in our desert grasslands."
http://www.gosanangelo.com/sports/outdoo...-389513871.html
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#6401185 - 08/09/16 08:08 PM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Pronghorns are a great critter to hunt. Low stress, lots of stalking, and (usually) plenty of opportunities. Fun for large groups and hunters of all experience levels.

The panhandle is home to some bruiser bucks. I'm not familiar with those in the Trans Pecos region, but am glad to hear they are making a comeback.
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#6401769 - 08/10/16 08:56 AM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I have heard many a landowner call them pasture maggots and wish they were all gone. I just don't understand the hate for them, but I'm not there with them yearround.
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#6401937 - 08/10/16 10:34 AM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
I have heard many a landowner call them pasture maggots and wish they were all gone. I just don't understand the hate for them, but I'm not there with them yearround.
fence busters
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#6403574 - 08/11/16 11:12 AM Re: Pronghorn Making a Comeback in Far West Texas [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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There does not appear to be any shortage of them around Marfa. I see groups of 10-20 regularly between Marfa and Shafter or Marfa and Alpine. Also some nice groups between Alpine and Marathon. Used to be a group that hung out right next door to Sul Ross, in Alpine, but they aren't there any longer.
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