Updated: 01/10/2014 1:50 PM |
Created: 01/09/2014 7:30 AM
By: The Associated Press
CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) - State wildlife officials plan to capture and relocate almost 200 pronghorn from a northern New Mexico ranch.
Game and Fish Department officials say the animals similar to antelopes will be herded, corralled and transported from a private ranch near Cimarron that has been experiencing damage to irrigated cropland.
The department will relocate most of the pronghorn to national forest land near Fort Stanton and to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Roswell.
A small number also will go to Arizona so they can augment herds with declining populations.
In exchange, Arizona will provide New Mexico with 60 Gould's Turkeys to add to flocks in mountains in southern Hidalgo County.
Before being transported, the pronghorn will be vaccinated and fitted with radio collars.
The roundup will take place next week.
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