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Asian toy antelope thriving in Wyoming

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  1. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Though I have long read about them in "Animal Modeler" I'd never seen a Asian toy antelope until arriving at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club for the Wyoming State Shoot. The club provides a home-range for a growing herd of them and they are a popular sight, especially for the kids.

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    The species was first imported in the 1950's to control coyotes. They are fleet and tireless; a coyote who eventually catches one, though rewarded with a small and tasty meal, will have actually run up a caloric deficit and if he keeps it up, will starve to death.

    Their main predators are birds; even a fair-sized Robin can swoop down and carry off a calf without missing a wing-beat; otherwise they live out their lives on the plains generally unmolested.

    If you plan to visit Wyoming keep an eye out for them; high-power binoculars are a definite asset, however.

    Neil
     
  2. Singleshot

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    I think I read that there have been some fierce, bloody battles over territory between jackalopes and the Asian toys.
     
  3. timb99

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    Hmmm

    The critter in the photo looks like a pronghorn, which is neither Asian, nor antelope.

    Methinks there are hijinks afoot.
     
  4. Burnpwdr

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    I've heard of the 4th of July, but never heard of July Fool's Day, someone please enlighten me.

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  5. gun fitter

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    How far will they fly off the arm of a pat trap? Can you get 42mph? I like targets with fur. LOL
     
  6. Neil Winston

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    tim99, though I try to avoid stereotyping, you do sound to me like the kind of person who continually insists on saying that pandas are not bears, or that butterflies are neither butter nor flies.

    Neil
     
  7. ec90t

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    Neil,

    How powerful of a lense were you using to get the images to stack up like that? I would say that the pronghorn was 200 yards farther out than the trap house.

    ec90t
     
  8. timb99

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    Neil,

    For heaven's sake, I'm an engineer. A geek by nature. But I have never said that butterflies are neither butter nor flies. Though it is accurate.

    And Pandas ARE bears. They fall under the family ursidae.

    Koalas on the other hand, often misnamed Koala bears, are NOT bears.

    Sincerely submitted.
     
  9. Jawhawker

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    Neil, careful as they will attack you while on the line oratleast hamper one from shooting!
     
  10. CharlesR1100

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    The "caloric deficit" story is an new one with no real evidence. Old timers tell stories of the toys luring 'otes over a cliff. Much like the indians. Now, of course, some areas are over run. Frequently found on the oriential menu.

    BTW, did the locals use 8s or 7.5s on them?
     
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    It is known as the 'gift' Tim.

    Kind of ironic how one person playing the straight man doesn't see it in another.
     
  12. Pocatello

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    Neil, I'm crushed! I've always regarded you as a paragon of accuracy, checking every fact. But an antelope calf??? They're fawns, not calves!!
     
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    Hardly look any larger than a pattern of 8's.... or maybe 7 1/2's....

    I suspect a small herd shelters in that traphouse for protection from predators...
     
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    Panda's are not bears. The fall into the Racoon family.
     
  15. gun fitter

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    I hear they taste like chicken but are more closely related to the Jackalope!
     
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    ttt JFL
     
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    It looks like even Ol' Neil is beginning to miss some of this sites now extinct Trolls from days gone by. Yes...a sentimental fool Neil is. Tsk, tsk, tsk......
     
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    Do they shoot singles and doubles from the 2 yd line? It looks like it.
     
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    And pigs have wings and are flying flying now too.
     
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    Snopes says it isn't true,,,in case you were wondering.
     
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