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Antelope in decline; study wonders why

Dec 6, 2013 The Associated Press

GREEN RIVER -- State and federal wildlife researchers are undertaking a study of pronghorn antelope in south-central Wyoming.

Researchers with the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Bureau of Land Management are cooperating on the study of pronghorn in the Bitter Creek, Baggs, and Red Desert herds.

Biologists say the herds are under growing pressure from increasing human presence and have seen declines in numbers and the ability to recover from hard winters over the past 20 years.

Fawn production has been low.

Officials say the study will look into the influence of oil and gas fields on the survival and reproduction of pronghorn.

Findings will be provided to the industry, Game and Fish and land management agencies that are involved in permitting energy development.

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