Rule restricts hunting of rare exotic antelopes

FORT WORTH, TX

The rule takes effect Wednesday.

For years, hundreds of Texas ranchers have made big money on exotic antelopes. Hunters pay up to $10,000 to bag just one dama gazelle.

The new rule says hunting the dama gazelle, the scimitar-horned oryx and the addax isn't allowed unless ranchers obtain a permit.

But the Texas-based Exotic Wildlife Association says just 10 percent of ranchers have sought the permits.

Animal-rights groups are happy with the change.

The animals were listed on the Endangered Species Act but were exempt from the no-hunting rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

That rule will now be enforced.

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