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Texas ranchers left with thousands of rare exotic antelopes as new rule prevents hunts
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ' A new U.S. regulation banning the hunting of three exotic African antelope species has upset Texas ranchers whose efforts have led to a rise in the animals' numbers.
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.
Ranchers say they won't be able to afford the animals' upkeep. The new rule prevents them from legally killing entire herds or releasing them.
Animal-rights groups are happy with the change.
The dama gazelle, the scimitar-horned oryx and the addax were listed on the Endangered Species Act several years ago. But they were exempt from the no-hunting rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
That rule will now be enforced.