Marfa Public Radio: Researchers relocating pronghorns into the region from the Panhandle, where they’re more abundant
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.
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