Tackling antelope? Over this past break at Snow College, a group of lucky students had the opportunity to help the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) literally tackle antelope.
Chad Dewey, Director of Natural Resources for Snow College, received an invitation by the DWR to take a group of students down to the Parker Mountains located near Loa, Utah. Not knowing how hands-on the DWR would allow the students to be with the rambunctious critters, he hoped for the best.
On arrival at the chilly roundup site, the students were asked to sign a liability waiver. After that, the fun was on for the students. The participants were placed in a pen with about 20 antelope and told to be careful, have fun, and get to “mugging,” the term used for tackling the wily antelope.
With the students and volunteers on one end, and the antelope on the other, all heck broke loose when the animals were released. Body slams and leaping, of both antelope and humans, all ended in a delicate procedure of tagging, taking blood, and transporting the antelope to different trailers for transportation.
In order to get the animals in the pen in the first place, they were herded by helicopter into fences, which then led into the holding pen. The reason the DWR was capturing these antelope is because of over population in one area, and not enough in other places. They enlisted the help of volunteers and students to help with the capture, and to provide some fun.
The Natural Resources Club is open to all who love the outdoors and natural resources. For more exciting pictures, video, and information regarding the club and of the antelope round- up, visit the Snow College Natural Resources club Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Snow-College-Natural-Resources/127871927382778