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Sun., March 6, 2011, 12:01 p.m.

Winter weary pronghorns, deer slaughtered on Montana roads, railways

Pronghorns herd up on an eastern Montana highway for relief from the snow and cold they suffered from November 2010 through March 2011. (Great Falls Tribune)
Pronghorns herd up on an eastern Montana highway for relief from the snow and cold they suffered from November 2010 through March 2011. (Great Falls Tribune)

WILDLIFE -- For three hours on a recent afternoon, Blaine County Undersheriff Pat Pyette and a deputy shot wounded antelope in Montana.

The herd had congregated on the only place clear of snow — railroad tracks used by BNSF Railway Co.

Pyette figures he and the deputy put down about 100 animals that day, about 5 miles east of Savoy. Parts and pieces from another 200 antelope were strewn across the tracks, enough to fill a dozen dump trucks, he said.

See the rest of this disturbing report from the Great Falls Tribune.

 




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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