CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Winter is still rearing its ugly head.
Wyoming Game & Fish is reducing antelope licenses for several hunting areas in Carbon, Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties. This was done after cutting antelope licenses in the process of setting the season to almost half of the quotas in 2022.
Quotas have been reduced in the following antelope hunting areas: 53, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 101. The affected hunting areas are shown in green on the map below.
In addition to the brutal winter and record snowfall hitting the population hard, Game & Fish also said an outbreak of pneumonia has hit the Sublette Pronghorn herd. With the recent snowmelt, wildlife managers have been able to spend more time in the landscape and have seen a significant increase in antelope mortality.
“Updated throat observations and data now show that about 75% of the adult throat pig population in the Sublette Pronghorn herd has died because of it. Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia and winter strain,” according to a press release from Game & Fish.
In the other herd, those who did not die in the winter and migrated to another place, have not yet returned.
“Quotas in the Buggs Pronghorn herd, Hunt Area 53, have been reduced due to many pronghorn having left the area this winter and have not yet returned, some have died due to severe winter conditions and others are likely still on the summer range. they migrate themselves,” the publication added.
The deadline for submitting an antelope permit is 12:00 a.m. on May 31. Applicants can change or withdrawal their request at any time before the deadline. The approximate results of the antelope draw will be known on June 15.
A full list of updated license quotas is available on the Game and Fish website.
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