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Transplanted pronghorn surviving, producing offspring


Sam Rushing listens for the tracking radio signal of the antelope on a dirt road east of Bridgeport while Rich Whitney searches the horizon with binoculars. - Jacob Wagner photo

Pronghorn antelope, native to the area before being wiped out, were transplanted on the Colville Indian Reservation by way of Nevada in 2016, and again in 2017, and appear to be doing well.

With 51 of the animals wearing tracking collars, there are at least 89 adults and 29 fawns, according to an aerial headcount by Colville Tribal Fish & Wildlife Biologist Sam Rushing.

"I know there's more out there," Rushing said.

The animals have been roaming as far south as Wenatchee and Quincy, and as far north as Jackass Butte and Okanogan.

A July 10 field trip to see the antelope from a dista...

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