By Montana Grant

Posted: December 13, 2018

Antelope seldom stay in one place for long. They typically migrate based upon food, water, weather, and hunting pressure. They can be found within city boundaries or high in the mountains at over 9000 feet.

The biologists at the MT FWP want to learn more about these movements. Radio collars are being attached to 40 pronghorns in the Madison Valley and evaluated for two years. The radio collars will use GPS technology to locate the target animals.

This venture is thanks to a $300,000 grant from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The data will help Federal and State agencies better understand and manage our antelope herds.

Not all antelope migrate, so hopefully the ones tagged will be from herds that do. Barriers, fences, highways, and other obstacles will also be evaluated. Years ago, animal migrations were more common and covered vast distances. Times have changed and increased human encroachment has changed these patterns.

About 2500 antelope live in the Madison Valley. How they travel from one range to another will be interesting to discover. These historical pathways may only be used for short periods. Some antelope migrate in and out of Yellowstone Park.

The research could be very important for hunting and protection of our Montana Pronghorns.

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