KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue a program that has proven successful in aiding struggling pronghorn populations in Unit 10 near Seligman.
The department will conduct both ground and aerial lethal removal of coyotes in targeted locations where pronghorn fawn mortality rates have been high due in large part to range conditions and predation by coyotes.
The removal effort, which will run periodically through the end of May, will be conducted in limited areas near Aubrey Valley and is expected to improve the odds for fawn survival.
"Fawns are most susceptible to predation during the first few weeks of life. Our intent is to reduce the predation to provide newborn antelope a window of survivability," said Ron Day, Game and Fish Department predator and furbearer biologist.
Game and Fish personnel believe the strong winter precipitation in conjunction with this effort will bolster the populations as it did in previous years.
"Reducing predation will give newborn fawns a chance to survive long enough so they can escape predators," said Erin Butler, wildlife biologist with the Game and Fish Department's Kingman office. "The bottom line is this has to be done. Without intervention we could see long-term declines in these localized populations."