Pronghorn Antelope

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Antelope injured while falling on ice. Horses stranded in snowy mountains. Cougars descending from their wilderness lairs to forage in a town.

It's been a beastly winter in the American West, not just for people but for animals too. One storm after another has buried much of the region in snow, and temperatures have often stayed below freezing, endangering a rich diversity of wild animals.

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Rancher Jim Cenarrusa says he sold 9,000 acres of his central Idaho ranch to the Nature Conservancy because he knows the conservation group will take care of it. The land is at the base of the Pioneer Mountains, and is home to sage grouse and pronghorn.

The family will keep a small parcel for their next generation to farm, but Cenarussa says his kids aren’t interested in carrying on the family ranch.

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Idaho Fish and Game officers say one of two fawns that were left motherless after a recent poaching has died.

KTVB-TV reports that twin fawns were orphaned when a pronghorn antelope doe was shot and left to waste last week. One fawn had been shot through both rear legs. The injured fawn died.

Conservation Officer Greg Milner says the animals likely were shot May 31 or June 1 just north of the Danskin Power Plant near Mountain Home in southwest Idaho. The area is frequently used by recreational shooters.