Archive for April 5th, 2012

TPW TV: The Pronghorn Puzzle

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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Once abundant in the Trans-Pecos region, pronghorn antelope populations have declined dramatically. A segment on this month’s Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series looks at efforts to understand this trend. Producer, Alan Fisher.

57—Pronghorn are a really beautiful animal and they were once all over the plains and across the west. But, some of the pockets are now starting to maybe have some trouble adapting to the changing state.

You used to be able to drive from Valentine to Marfa and see, maybe, two or three hundred of them just from the highway, and now you’re lucky if you see one.

It’s an iconic species, and I think it’s easy to look at as a flagship species for grasslands. These areas are changing; the open range of yesteryear has been fenced off and been broken up a bit. It may make species like the pronghorn a little more vulnerable. So, I follow a group of biologist who are out capturing baby pronghorn fawns [Good catch] and collaring them with radio tracking collars.

We got one. It’s a big one, too. Okay, baby. Okay.

The Pronghorn Puzzle airs the week of April 8th. And you can also see it on YouTube.

Thanks, Alan.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.