Alright, now is the time for Adam to pull his weight in this show (laughs) and protect me from a mugging. (adam) I’m not going to protect you, I’m protecting myself. (tonya) I mean honestly, Adam. Are you going to let me get mugged by a pronghorn. (adam) I think so. (tonya) I mean seriously. (adam) I think you’re in trouble.
While Adam and I waited for the pronghorn to be released, we were able to catch up with Abe Johnson, a retired UDWR conservation officer, who was a part of the very first Utah pronghorn transplant.
Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) If you would have ever told me you’d have a thousand antelope out here I’d have called you a liar.
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) These pronghorn were planted just a few miles just north and east of us or north and west of us here. (adam) What year was that? (abe) 64, 65.
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) We brought in I think there was 20 in the first load and then they brought in a semi load with about 150. They came in from the Yellowstone, Montana area is where they came from and oh my gosh have they done well.
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) Two weeks ago, I brought a grandson over here. He had an antelope tag and he came over and harvested one.
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) Fourteen year old grandson, so there I was, there old grandpa is, up there, you know, with those animals that he planted years ago and here, there the grandson killed one of the posterity. How great it is, you know, to be able to enjoy these with the kids.
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) You know you see these kinds of things and I don’t know. This is God’s creation. This is where I think where God lives. If he doesn’t live here, he hangs out here quite a bit.
(Tonya Kieffer & Adam Eakle) Keep that big horned one away from me. (tonya) Ahhh. (adam) Right here Tonya. Come help me. I’ve got a baby.
(Adam and Tonya) (adam) That’s my bad. My bad. That was my bad. (tonya) That was your bad.
(Adam and Tonya) (adam) Oh my gosh that was crazy. (tonya) I had them run by me. I got a few hand grabs. I wouldn’t be very good at football Adam. This wouldn’t have happened. (adam) You noticed we picked the smallest one. (tonya) We do have a tiny one. She’s even, she’s a little baby. (adam) Oh what a sweetheart.
(Adam and Tonya) (tonya) Adam, don’t let the legs get me! Geez! I got my butt stomped.
Adam and I carefully worked together to get this small pronghorn into the trailer and on the way to her new home.
(Tonya Kieffer) I’ve got a baby!
(Abe Johnson, retired UDWR Conservation Officer) You see this, and it’s, this is what you live for.
(Tonya) my heart is thumping so fast and I am covered in fur in my mouth and eyebrows. This is a really great translocation project Adam. They are located here on the Parkers and they’ve been providing us throughout the state for 40 years. Yeah and so now, we are able to have bigger herds across the state because of this. (adam) the DWR does a great job here on the Parkers, they realized a few years ago couldn’t quite handle more relocations like this, so they backed off. This year, they were back at it because of great management. Time now to turn it over to the guys at Fish Tech now for tonights fishing report.