SD antelope numbers down

Rapid City, S.D. (AP) – Antelope numbers are down in South
Dakota, and state wildlife officials say the harsh winter is to
blame.

The annual census by the Game, Fish and Parks Department shows
that the herd dropped by 20 percent from last year’s all-time
high.

Perkins and Harding counties were hit hardest. Resource
biologist Luke Meduna says many animals that didn’t die in those
counties migrated south, bumping up the antelope population in Fall
River and Butte counties.

Meduna says the decline statewide won’t affect this fall’s
hunting season. He says there should be enough fawns to replace the
animals lost over the winter.

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