Jackson Pronghorn Numbers Strong for Second Year
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists are reporting a second straight year of near record numbers of pronghorn antelope in Jackson Hole.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's annual 2013 pronghorn survey counted 391 animals, four more than last year.
Although that's just about a record, Game and Fish wildlife biologist Doug Brimeyer noted the fawn ratio was lower.
Fawn ratios, which compare numbers of young against adult females, are a key indication of future population growth. This year, the ratio in the Jackson Hole herd fell to 45 fawns per 100 does from 54 fawns per 100 does last year.
Brimeyer tells the Associated Press that the Jackson herd's fawn ratio is below average.