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TPWD News Release — Jan. 6, 2011

Benefit Dinner Set to Support Pronghorn Restoration

ALPINE — Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Granada Theatre in Alpine, Texas.  That’s when local landowners will be hosting a benefit dinner and dance for pronghorn restoration.

Pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos have experience unprecedented declines and are at an all time low of less than 4,800.

Responding to the crisis, West Texas landowners, sportsmen, civic leaders, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, concerned citizens, and researchers with the Borderlands Research Institute have rallied together to raise money to restock pronghorn to rangelands where their numbers have been depleted.

A surplus of pronghorn has been identified in the Texas Panhandle, where their populations have been increasing.  The fundraising effort will not only benefit Trans-Pecos pronghorn populations, but will also relieve the pressure of growing populations that are depredating crops in the Panhandle.

All funds and donations from the benefit dinner and dance will be used to cover costs associated with restocking and monitoring pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos.

Local landowners will be serving-up locally grown ribeye steaks with all the fixings including baked potatoes, vegetables, iced tea and deserts.  A cash bar will also be available.

Following dinner, musical entertainment will be provided by Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band.

Tickets ($50 each) must be purchased in advance and can be obtained from the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, the Sul Ross State University’s Range Animal Science Center, and other locations in Van Horn, Fort Davis, Marfa, and Fort Stockton. To purchase tickets online or for a list of additional sites to purchase tickets go to www.sulross.edu/brinrm/pronghorn.htm or call the Borderlands Research Institute at 432.837.8488.

Join us January 29, 2011 and help us restore pronghorn to the Trans-Pecos!

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