New law seen as boon to antelope hunts in Texas

AUSTIN, TX

The measure introduced by U.S. Rep. John Carter, a Republican from Round Rock, eliminates two federal permits that once were required for three species of antelope in Texas. The total cost of the two permits was $700.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the antelope are native to North Africa where hunting and habitat loss have greatly diminished their numbers.

Carter says Texas ranchers now will be motivated to breed more antelope because they can profit from them through hunts.

Critics say there's no scientific basis for claiming that hunting captive animals contributes to restoring wild populations.

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