Canadian wildlife specialists have been conducting an antelope round-up this northern autumn in south-east Alberta, to tag and check the health of animals threatened by a shortage of their natural food.
AERIAL V Antelope running in herd
AERIAL V and Lost River Ranch, with sign
AERIAL V Antelope being herded into compound
SV Antelope in compound being captured by handlers (3 shots)
SV & CU Antelope watch as others are caught (4 shots)
SV & CU Antelope being marked.
CU Teeth examined
CU Blood samples taken
SV Antelope being released
AERIAL V Two antelope running
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Background: Canadian wildlife specialists have been conducting an antelope round-up this northern autumn in south-east Alberta, to tag and check the health of animals threatened by a shortage of their natural food.
More and more fences, land cultivation and excessive grazing by cattle have been destroying the silver sage and broadleaf plants on which the animals live, making survival progressively more difficult for Alberta's ten thousand antelope.
The province feels its range could support five thousand more of these fleet-footed prairie animals, but only if the current investigation and other measures can solve their present environment problem.
SYNOPSIS: Canadian specialists are taking an interest in the future of the antelope in south-eastern Alberta, where this fleet-footed prairie animal is threatened by lack of food. On this vast ranch in the area, wildlife people organised a unique round-up of the animals this northern autumn, using aircraft to track them down. The aim was not to kill them, but to investigate their problems.
More and more forces, more land cultivation and excessive grazing by cattle have been destroying the silver sage and broadleaf plants on which the animals live-hence survival becomes steadily more difficult. Hunting ins not rally a major three at, since the animals are so elusive. It was difficult for the conservationists to corral forty, on seven drives using two aircraft. these animals can do sixty miles (97 Kms) per hour, and turn suddenly to take off in another direction
Alberta has ten thousand of them left, but their numbers could drop off alarmingly.
Once inside the conservationists' trap, the antelope were collared with brightly collared vinyl straps which permit easy identification on the open range.
Ears were tagged, teeth were examined to determine their age, and they were weighed before regaining their freedom. What happens to these animals can now be followed closely. If their present environment problems can be solved, the province feels the available range could support five thousand more than tit does at present.