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Pronghorn, often erroneously called antelope, peaked in the early- to mid- 2000s with a population of about 15,000, benefiting from abundant grassland habitat and mild winters. Starting in 2008, the pronghorn population plunged, though began a modest recovery in 2012. As a result of the sharp decline, only a limited hunt will be allowed this fall, the first since 2009, with a “conservative” total of 250 licenses available. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Forum special report: ND wildlife in trouble?

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FARGO - North Dakota finds itself in the midst of a gigantic experiment concerning the sustainability of its wildlife populations.

The unknown: At a time of unprecedented pressures as varied as intensive energy development and plummeting conservation acreage, will susceptible wildlife species be able to rebound from inevitable stresses, such as severe winters or droughts?

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to