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Wed., May 29, 2013, 6 a.m.

Pronghorns check out the digs in Asotin County

Pronghorn buck in Montana, where the species also is known as antelope. (Jaimie Johnson)
Pronghorn buck in Montana, where the species also is known as antelope. (Jaimie Johnson)

WILDLIFE -- Although 91 pronghorns were imported from Nevada and released on the Yakama Indian Reservation in 2011 (see story), a few of the speedster species may have hoofed into Washington on their own from Oregon.

Two bucks and a doe were reported this month in northern Asotin County, according to a report by Paul Wik, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife southeast wildlife biologist.

“It is not known how long it has been since naturally recolonizing pronghorn have been seen in the state, but it has likely been a very long time,” he said on the agency's website.

It's also possible the trio are spinoffs from the pronghorns released in Yakima. Those animals have reproduced and ranged widely off the reservation, but details are hard to get from the tribe.

WDFW wildlife mangers say they've had informal talks with landowners about moving reintroducing pronghorns to Walla Walla County. 

Meantime, report any Washington pronghorn sightings by email to Wik, Paul.Wik@dfw.wa.gov, or state special species manager Rich Harris, Richard.Harris@dfw.wa.gov.

Outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson snapped the pronghorn buck image above near his home in Montana, where antelope still roam widely.




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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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