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Pronghorns get help with water

For animals in the desert, a small amount of water makes a big difference

VERNAL — The Utah DWR has teamed up with Anadarko to give pronghorns south of Vernal some new water sources. The partnership has resulted in establishment of 12 new guzzlers, which provide water to animals in these parched lands.

DWR employees installing a new guzzler for pronghorn.

Guzzlers are connected to catch basins, or aprons, that collect water from rainfall and snow.

Photo by Ron Stewart

"Pronghorns and other desert animals are well adapted to the harsh, dry conditions," said Ben Williams, DWR project leader. "So, just a small source of water, like a guzzler, can be the critical difference between survival and death."

Anadarko, an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, donated funds to purchase the 1,800-gallon water tanks and other materials for the project. DWR employees then installed the guzzlers.

Guzzlers are connected to catch basins, or aprons, that collect water from rainfall and snow. Water then collects in the tanks. From the tanks, water is released into small drinking areas accessible to wildlife.

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