Target: Richard Whitney, Colville tribal wildlife program manager
Goal: Applaud wildlife manager for reintroducing antelope to their historical habitat.
Over 50 pronghorn antelopes have been restored to their natural habitat after more than 100 years of absence. The restoration was a collaboration between the Washington Colville reservation’s wildlife program and the tribe’s Game Management Division. Discussions about returning these antelope to their original environment have been going on for 15 years now, and the tribe is happy to finally see their efforts coming to fruition.
The pronghorn antelope, which were previously relocated to a Nevada, are a very integral part to the culture and traditions of seven of the Colville tribes in Washington. Needless to say, the reinstatement of these majestic animals to their natural habitat not only fosters ecological balance and protects the survival of these delicate creatures, but it improves tribal life and spirituality for the Colville.
The antelope were carefully captured and transported using aerial netting guns and then dressed with GPS collar. These animals are known to have fragile bodies, so the tribal biologists took the utmost care in collecting, transporting and reintroducing them. This hard work paid off, as all 52 bucks, fawns and does were translocated without injury nor death occurring. Tribal biologists were working around the clock to ensure the fair and humane treatment of the antelope and it is for this reason that they were successfully transported.
Sign this petition to praise the tribal wildlife manager that made this miraculous conservation effort become a reality.
Dear Mr. Whitney,
I am writing this letter to you to express deep admiration and gratitude for your efforts to reinstate 52 pronghorn antelope to their historical habitat. This move not only benefits the animals that get to return to their home and increase their chance of survival, but also the Colville tribes, whose culture and traditions have much to do with these beautiful animals.
This type of long transport always poses a risk to the animals’ survival, but your dedication and commitment to relocating these antelope healthy and uninjured was demonstrated by the careful methods you used for collecting them, transporting them for a span of 15 hours, and setting them free in their natural habitat.
After 15 years, you have made great progress in the pronghorn antelopes’ conservation and I wish to applaud and encourage your action. Thank you for being an active change agent in a society where most are content to blindly accept their circumstances. You have made a big difference to the antelopes’ survival, as well as the Colville tribes.
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Photo Credit: Curley Curtis