Yakama Nation Combines with SCI to Release Antelope in Washington

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Indian Country News has an interesting story up about the SCI working with the Yakama Nation to reintroduce pronghorn to the Yakama's reservation. Earlier this month a group of volunteers rounded up 99 Nevada pronghorns and released them in Washington.

“Basically, this is the Yakama Nation’s project and we’re just arranging the financing,” Glenn Rasmussen, SCI-Central Washington member from Wapato said. Much of the money, including the $25,000 paid to Nevada for the capture operation, was donated from Shikar Safari Club, a group of wealthy sportsmen not related to Safari Club International, he said. The tribe has the advantage of being free from complying with certain environmental laws and environmental impact statement requirements, said Donny Martorello, WDFW big-game manager in Olympia. “They’re an independent nation,” he said. “We don’t have jurisdiction over their actions."


arrowflipper's picture

pronghorn in Washington

Good for the Yakima's.  I live in Washington and I have long thought our state could support a herd of pronghorn.  We will watch this with interest.

numbnutz's picture

Good for them. I alway like

Good for them. I alway like seeing stories about animals being transplanted or reintroduced to old habitats. great story.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

That's awesome!!!!  1.2

That's awesome!!!!  1.2 million acres should be plenty of room to roam, and inevitably, they will disperse from there when their population grows.

What i really like is the back door approach to dealing with the red tape that limits so many of these efforts.  The state wildlife even had no problem with it, but all the environmental impacts they needed just clogged up the system.

Very similar to what we had to go through in San Diego county with the wild turkey.  They had been trying for years to get the state to release them, but there were biologists and environmental nutjobs (sorry, I am fond of that name) that were worried about the impact that they would have on local insect and plant species. Are you serios???

So, they finally got together with some private landowners, and dropped a bunch of birds on private property.  Well, 15 years later, we have some of the best turkey hunting around.  3 birds in the fall, and even hav opened up a spring season the last 2 years.

Great story!