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First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:40 am
by jodywy
http://county10.com/first-90-kangaroos- ... n-wyoming/
(Dubois, Wyo) – The Wyoming Wild Game Department (WWGD) partnering with the Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI) have released the first of 5 planned batches of 90 Antilopine Kangaroos into the Wyoming outdoors.
Dubbed “Project Sage Hopper” by the WWGD team responsible for evaluating the viability of Wyoming’s habitat for Australian marsupials, it has been in the planning stages for 3 years. The goal is two-fold: Create new and interesting wildlife viewing opportunities for tourists, and in several years, potentially provide additional hunting opportunities.
“Antilopine means ‘antelope-like, so we are interested to see how these kangeroos adapt to Wyoming’s wild landscapes,” WMI Director Matt Kauffman said. “If they start migrating, we’ll be tracking their movements, looking to see how they learn to exploit the sage steppe and the mountains, where they ‘hopover,’ those sorts of things.”
 

Wyoming Migration Initiative team welcomes the first wild kangaroo to touch down on Wyoming soil.
 

16 hour trans-Pacific flight for the jet-lagged kangaroo.
“This wasn’t an easy project; the international permitting in particular was a huge hassle. Identifying a species that would meet our goals and be able to thrive in Wyoming’s strongly seasonal habitat.” added Kauffman. “If we can get these Aussie macropods established and breeding, they are likely to thrive with continued climate change in Wyoming’s already semi-arid climate. Additionally, we believe with their large hind legs, they’ll be able to effectively defend themselves from coyotes, wolves and other predators. Trust me: You don’t want to be kicked by one of these animals.”

Even as they hope for the successful establishment of Wyoming’s newest large mammal, researchers aren’t giving up on the native big game that so many Wyomingite’s cherish. “Research is needed now more than ever to identify and map the critical habitats that migratory big game require,” Kauffman added.
With a successful introduction of kangaroos into Wyoming’s ecosystem, WMI will review other opportunities for the state to be home to other marsupial species. A short-list for future proposed introductions include the koala, wallaby and the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
Get a look at the migrations of Wyoming’s other big game species at migrationintiative.org.

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:58 pm
by Faster horses
:lol:


I wonder if they have horns and are related to Wyoming's Jackalope? :lol:

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:46 pm
by graybull
Not related..........Jackalopes are a native species while Kangaroos are illegal aliens.

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:30 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
I stole this and posted it on Weatherby Nation, most of the guys got it but a few were darn upset that they introduced a non native species into Wyoming. :D

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:03 pm
by DustDevil
Seems like a bad idea to me. Maybe it's payback for the rabbits we sent over there.

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:45 pm
by George
Am I the only one that noticed the date of the article?

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:34 pm
by Faster horses
George wrote:Am I the only one that noticed the date of the article?


No, that's why I used the laughing emoticon....and why Big Muddy posted what he did..."...most of the guys got it..."

Jody posted it on facebook and too many of them didn't 'get' it either. :D

Re: First 90 Kangaroos released in Wyoming

Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:34 pm
by DustDevil
Baaah ! I need to check my calendar more often. :D