www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

Biologist calls idea 'ludicrous' -7/18/2014, 2:13 PM

Appeals court exonerates Texas water board -7/11/2014, 12:01 PM

Survey finds more prairie chickens -7/11/2014, 11:52 AM

Hunting outlook up; duck numbers sharply higher -7/11/2014, 11:52 AM

New round of federal lawsuits at loggerheads with one another -6/20/2014, 11:34 AM

KDWP&T OKs regional ban on prairie chicken hunting -6/20/2014, 11:34 AM

KNRC not ready to give up -6/20/2014, 11:34 AM

Serenading a historic landmark -5/30/2014, 11:03 AM

KNRC set to ask for more money -5/30/2014, 11:03 AM

Kansas seceding on wildlife -5/9/2014, 8:31 AM

Kansas courts back federal endangered species law -5/9/2014, 8:30 AM

Review nearing completion -4/25/2014, 11:07 AM

Bat species should be studied, biologist says -4/25/2014, 11:07 AM

Bats an economic benefit for farmers -4/24/2014, 11:08 AM

Walleye smaller, still productive -4/18/2014, 11:00 AM

In the baking aisle, shoppers agree environment is critical -4/18/2014, 11:00 AM

Lawsuits lining up on listing -4/11/2014, 11:00 AM

Webster too low for irrigation -4/10/2014, 11:00 AM

-4/4/2014, 4:55 PM

-4/4/2014, 4:55 PM

FWS lists prairie chicken as threatened -3/28/2014, 9:47 AM

Whooping cranes reach Kansas; winter numbers up slightly -3/28/2014, 8:35 AM

Ferret numbers still tumbling -3/28/2014, 8:35 AM

Oklahoma, oil group suing FWS -3/20/2014, 9:59 AM

Divining rod for discs -3/20/2014, 9:59 AM

Despite valiant effort, no success in finding snowy owl -3/14/2014, 9:27 AM

Capturing the moment -3/14/2014, 9:27 AM

Kansas: Not so flat after all -3/7/2014, 3:49 PM

Rod, reel a good fit -2/28/2014, 7:53 AM

Spring just a snowstorm or so away -2/28/2014, 7:53 AM

At 90: Best deer ever -2/21/2014, 10:33 AM

Tests confirm 5 new CWD cases -2/14/2014, 10:13 AM

Senate votes to invoke 'sovereignty' over state's prairie chickens -2/14/2014, 10:13 AM

KNRC to deliver report, asking for more money from member counties -2/7/2014, 10:50 AM

Group flunks states, federal agencies dealing with prairie dogs -2/7/2014, 12:12 PM

Brownback ready to sue feds -2/7/2014, 10:50 AM

Big oil companies bankrolling conservation plan -2/6/2014, 10:50 AM

Audubon blasts 'sovereign' bill -1/31/2014, 9:49 AM

Feds again asking for listing comments -1/31/2014, 9:48 AM

Utilities enrolling in program -1/31/2014, 9:48 AM

Listing controversy continues -1/17/2014, 10:30 AM

Friends on the water -12/20/2013, 9:54 AM

Federal wildlife agency lays out rules for oil, gas protection -12/20/2013, 9:54 AM

A beckoning -12/13/2013, 9:08 AM

Listing more likely as FWS adds rules -12/13/2013, 8:59 AM

It's happening right before our eyes! -11/29/2013, 10:28 AM

Governor's Ringneck Classic draws a crowd -11/22/2013, 9:29 AM

Drought saps pheasant numbers -11/8/2013, 6:50 PM

Sporting clays sure to be hot at hunt -11/8/2013, 6:50 PM

Counties set to talk chickens -11/1/2013, 12:08 PM

Dangerous delight -10/18/2013, 9:44 AM

Coping with (more) bad habits -10/11/2013, 12:01 PM

Celebrating fossil discoveries -10/11/2013, 11:51 AM

Making a wish come true -9/27/2013, 11:39 AM

Prairie chicken numbers tumble -9/27/2013, 11:39 AM

Counties meet FWS, present plans -9/20/2013, 12:25 PM

Oakley man in pursuit of grouse -9/13/2013, 11:23 AM

Counties hoping to halt listing -9/6/2013, 11:54 AM

Going outdoors -8/23/2013, 10:15 AM

Wetlands no longer bone dry -8/16/2013, 11:46 AM

Duck numbers remain strong -7/26/2013, 11:48 AM

Updated survey, conservation plan upcoming -7/26/2013, 11:39 AM

Pheasant outlook not so bright -7/19/2013, 11:48 AM

High heat, strong winds finally show a beneficial side -7/12/2013, 12:05 PM

FWS delay reopens comment period -7/12/2013, 12:05 PM

Study refutes wind tower effect on greater prairie chickens -7/12/2013, 12:05 PM

Flowering cacti drought's treat -6/21/2013, 11:58 AM

Building a bridge over a key spring -6/14/2013, 9:57 AM

Country matters: Lemon painted-cup taking over -6/7/2013, 8:52 AM

Wind dampens great camping -5/31/2013, 12:22 PM

Wildlife benefits can boost CRP offers -5/24/2013, 11:42 AM

Camping season begins -5/24/2013, 11:42 AM

Field day focuses on wildlife needs -5/17/2013, 11:52 AM

FWS making big changes for LEPC rule -5/10/2013, 2:14 PM

Pheasants Forever biologists planning workshops on CRP enrollment -5/10/2013, 2:14 PM

Conservation plan nearly complete -5/3/2013, 10:31 AM

Final prairie chicken meeting upcoming -4/26/2013, 8:31 AM

Wildlife highlights Trego forestry day -4/26/2013, 8:31 AM

NRCS recognizes area volunteers -4/26/2013, 8:30 AM

Learning to cope -4/19/2013, 9:30 AM

Legislature weighing in on ferrets -2/15/2013, 9:50 AM

New meetings set on chickens -2/15/2013, 9:50 AM

Wildlife watching tops outdoors -9/28/2012, 11:38 AM

Drought dries up waterfowl area -9/14/2012, 11:59 AM

Holiday blast expected despite lower water -8/24/2012, 10:05 AM

Fate of lesser prairie chickens in air -8/17/2012, 1:46 PM

What to do when the doves fly away -- too early -8/17/2012, 11:40 AM

Logan County seeking court review -8/10/2012, 12:53 PM

Youth outdoor festival fast approaching -8/10/2012, 12:52 PM

Opinions mixed on CRP release -8/3/2012, 12:09 PM

NRA asks to intervene in federal lead-ban lawsuit -8/3/2012, 11:33 AM

Water levels precarious -7/27/2012, 12:57 PM

Drought allowing predators to snatch up newborn pronghorns -7/27/2012, 12:57 PM

Cedar Bluff a boost to economy -7/27/2012, 12:57 PM

Court ruling brings mixed response -7/20/2012, 2:12 PM

Dry weather a concern for wildlife -7/20/2012, 2:12 PM

Lion or bobcat? Opinions differ on photo -7/20/2012, 2:12 PM

Stockton brothers take second at state fishing tournament -7/13/2012, 10:36 AM

Duck numbers are up as habitat declines -7/13/2012, 10:36 AM

Baby dove shows resilience after attempted rescue -7/13/2012, 10:54 AM

myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Drought allowing predators to snatch up newborn pronghorns

Published on -7/27/2012, 12:57 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

The first day aloft in the annual summer survey of pronghorn antelope didn't show a lot of promise for reproduction.

Furbearer biologist Matt Peek isn't entirely sure of the reason behind that poor reproduction, but he's thinking it might be a result of the drought.

But not for biological reasons.

Instead, he's thinking the drought reduced the amount of cover to hide fawns, increasing the chance for predation.

The summer flights by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism aren't designed to get a population count, but instead take a look at the buck-to-doe ratio, one of the factors involved in setting seasons and the number of permits available.

Peek said the first day's flight suggested that ratio was good.

"This year's hunt will be fine," he said of what might happen as a result of a smaller pronghorn production rate.

But two years from now, Peek said, there's likely to be a reduced number of permits available for hunting the fleet-footed animals.

The number of firearms permits are limited to about 200 due to the size of the state's pronghorn herd. While archery permits can be purchased over the counter, an average of only about 115 have been sold; with a 10-percent to 15-percent success rate, the effect has been minimal, according to KDWP&T.

Peek said the flights are run each year, but he's working to develop a new technique to collect samples.

"This time of year, we're trying to get 300 animals as our goal," he said of the survey.

Winter surveys are more expansive and attempt to make a count.

"The summer survey is not a count," Peek said. "We're trying to determine the buck-to-doe ratio."

Coyotes are the main predator of pronghorn, and he said it's likely reduced cover might make fawns more susceptible to predation.

Typically giving birth to twins, pronghorn does force fawns down on the ground.

"Kind of like deer," Peek said. "They leave them bedded down and come back to feed. For 10 days to two weeks, they're pretty vulnerable. Then after that, they can run."

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos